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Python-only web development now available for everyone

Anvil, a Cambridge based start-up, has announced a major extension of its powerful web app development environment for Python developers.

The announcement means that Python developers will be able to quickly design, build and ship web apps in minutes, including now on embedded systems.

Anvi has made its runtime engine open source, so any of the 8 million developers worldwide who know the Python language can now choose to deploy their apps on their own machines, or on embedded or specialised Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as well as within their employer’s or Anvil’s clouds.

Traditional ways of developing web apps require knowledge of multiple languages and frameworks, creating a complex ecosystem that shuts out many programmers and slows down development. Anvil has sort to remove these bottlenecks, enabling any developer who knows Python to create web apps using its integrated development environment.

“Anvil’s goal is to fix web development, by making it easier and faster for the world’s growing base of Python developers to create web apps,” said Meredydd Luff, Anvil’s CEO and Co-founder. “By extending our platform and embracing open source, we’re enabling developers to create their own apps in the Anvil Editor, export them and run them anywhere on their own hardware with our new App Server. This gives developers even more choice and control. It also enables apps to run without needing an internet connection, making it ideal for embedded/IoT applications, remote locations or offline enterprise deployments.”

Anvil’s development environment combines simpler coding with powerful performance, allowing the creation of full stack web apps in minutes – bringing the power and speed of classic RAD tools like Visual Basic to the modern web. Previously, developers using Anvil could create and run their web apps hosted in Anvil’s cloud, or in their employer’s private cloud. The new open source App Server allows them to export an app and run it anywhere, without relying on the Anvil cloud or any internet connection.

Neil Tyler

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