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# Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Evite LLC

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Nudge is a free, open-source pure python mini-framework created to make
developing web service applications a breeze.

Nudge allows you to publish simple python functions and methods as 
wsgi request handlers. You design your api independently of any specific 
web technologies. 

This allows nudge (and in turn your service classes) to work with any 
wsgi compatible python http server (ours have run in production with 
tornado and eventlet). It also allows for a very elegant api description, 
and removes a ton of repeated and tedious http specific code typically
found when developing under other web frameworks. 

Since your application classes and funtions are abstracted from HTTP,
writing tests has never been easier. No more HTTP simulation.

Questions or comments about nudge? Join the google group!
Google group: python-nudge

The following will create a new directory called nudge:
git clone git://
cd nudge
activate a virtual environment (if desired)
python install

Further nudge rationalization:

Nudge was created to make Evite's python services portable. We did not want
to be tied to any specific web technology, and we wanted to be able to write
clean python classes that were not directly tied to http requests.

At the time we were using tornado directly where you supply one class for
each uri. This resulted in over a hundred classes, and a complete breakdown
in organization.

We also wanted to steer clear of typical "handler" code which usually
does some error checking and request routing, and always requires a lot
of repeated and unorganized code.

What Nudge IS:
- A web service layer mini framework
- A great solution for making a RESTful API
- Used to make a WSGI compatible Python application that can be run
  by a Python HTTP server.
- Also good for making traditional web applications, but this is not the
  normal use case.

What Nudge is NOT:
- Intended to replace full stack frameworks like Django
- An HTTP server
- A presentation layer framework (but can be easily combined with other
  free Python tools to make a nice presentation layer)
- Might not be the best choice for simple classic web sites.