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Prestans 2.0

A WSGI compliant REST micro-framework.

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Prestans is a REST micro-framework built right on top of WSGI, designed to perform and co-exists with other middleware and frameworks that you employ. Our target audience are developers building large REST backends for use with pure Ajax (using a framework like Google Closure) or mobile applications. prestans is designed for you to "take as much or as little" as you like.

We recommend you install via pip.


  • Built right on top of WSGI, designed ground up to cooperate with other frameworks
  • Strong representative of REST philosophies leveraging HTTP headers and verbs
  • Support for multiple dialects, including formalised patterns for binary content
  • Handlers maps HTTP verbs to implemented class methods, complimented with custom request parser and response writer (built on top of WebOb)
  • Unforgivingly strict parsing of requests and responses to ensure data integrity
  • Helper methods to ease transformation of persistent objects to REST responses
  • Pluggable integration to authentication

Prestans ensures that we provide extensive and useful documentation, published at available on Read The Docs. Sphinx source available on Github.

Prestans also offers a set of client side tools to compliment Google Closure.

If you are still wondering prestans is a latin word meaning "excellent, distinguished, imminent."

Getting Help

We recommend the use of our mailing lists as the primary way of getting help:

  • Discuss used for general discussion.
  • Announce used for release and security announcements

Reporting Issues

We prefer the use of our Issue Tracker on Github, to triage feature requests, bug reports.

Before you lodge a lodge a ticket:

  • Seek wisdom from our comprehensive documentation
  • Check to ensure that you are not lodging a duplicate request
  • Search the Web to see that it’s not something to do with your server environment (versions of Web server, WSGI connectors, etc)
  • Ensure that you ask a question on our list, there might already be answer out there or we might have already acknowledged the issue

When reporting issues:

  • Include as much detail as you can about your environment (e.g Server OS, Web Server Version, WSGI connector)
  • Steps that we can use to replicate the bug
  • Share a bit of your application code with us, it goes a long way to replicate issues