Hi. I'm currently a pretty serious PHP freak, but I'd like to switch to Python as it's more general-purpose and generally seems more all-around clever to me. However, most of the coding I do is web-oriented (my current big project is an "image board;" a message board with special built-in capabilities for handling images with posts), so I'd need to be able to write web apps with Python too. Based on my (not-too-extensive) investigation of the matter, there seem to be many ways of doing this; CGI, Zope, mod_python, and so on. Which is the "sanest" to use (and will work on a shared DH server)? I've heard CGI is slow and should be avoided, but DH doesn't seem to have mod_python... And Zope seems unnecessarily complicated for what I want to do.
What are Python's equivalent of $GET, $POST and $FILES? What about cookies? Are they (and other features) only supported by modpython?
Also, does Python have something akin to PHP's Smarty, not only in terms of templating but caching as well?
Thanks in advance for your help.