Let’s Build A Web Server

Let’s Build A Web Server. Part 1.

“I believe to become a better developer you MUST get a better understanding of the underlying software systems you use on a daily basis and that includes programming languages, compilers and interpreters, databases and operating systems, web servers and web frameworks. And, to get a better and deeper understanding of those systems you MUST re-build them from scratch, brick by brick, wall by wall…”


Let’s Build A Web Server. Part 2.

“Remember, in Part 1 I asked you a question: “How do you run a Django application, Flask application, and Pyramid application under your freshly minted Web server without making a single change to the server to accommodate all those different Web frameworks?” Read on to find out the answer.

In the past, your choice of a Python Web framework would limit your choice of usable Web servers, and vice versa. If the framework and the server were designed to work together, then you were okay:…”


Let’s Build A Web Server. Part 3.

“In Part 2 you created a minimalistic WSGI server that could handle basic HTTP GET requests. And I asked you a question, “How can you make your server handle more than one request at a time?” In this article you will find the answer. So, buckle up and shift into high gear. You’re about to have a really fast ride. Have your Linux, Mac OS X (or any *nix system) and Python ready. All source code from the article is available on GitHub.

First let’s remember what a very basic Web server looks like and what the server needs to do to service client requests. The server you created in Part 1 and Part 2 is an iterative server that handles one client request at a time. It cannot accept a new connection until after it has finished processing a current client request. Some clients might be unhappy with it because they will have to wait in line, and for busy servers the line might be too long…”