Firmant is a framework for developing static web applications.
Much of today's web development focuses on developing dynamic applications that regenerate the page for each view. Firmant takes a different approach that allows for publishing of static content that can be served by most http servers.
Some of the benefits of this approach include:
- Build locally, deploy anywhere. Many notable server distributions (including CentOS 5, and Debian Lenny) still ship old (pre-2.6) versions of Python. With Firmant, this is not an issue as static output may be published anywhere independent of the system where it was built.
- Quicker page load times. Search engines and viewers expect near-instant page load times and static content can meet these expectations. Dynamic content can as well; however, it often requires more than simple hardware to do so.
- Offline publishing capability. Previewing changes to a website does not require Internet access, as the changes are all made locally. Changes do not need to be pushed to a remote server.
- Store content in revision control. This is not strictly a feature granted by generating static pages. Firmant is designed to make storing all content in a repository a trivial task -- something that web application frameworks that are powered by relational databases do not consider.