With the increased use of Open Source software development in the field of programming, it is no wonder that we have witnessed a greater influx of better and more efficient platforms for this coding. Open source development enables programmers to have more exposure and interaction with programming communities and to imbibe the best ideas in order to come up with an eclectic program, which is more efficient in all possible ways.
One of the most important platforms of this open source development is the Python Platform. Python is a high level programming language, which has an open, community based development model. It has the advantage of being a readable language, which can inculcate the high points of C, C++ and Java, and at the same time, provide the programmer the gain of dealing with a comparatively easier to use language.
Python forms a great tool for programming; it does not have the inbuilt features to aid in creation, packaging and distribution of various dynamic web based elements which are available in the web. These features include use of forms for data submission, use of various other web elements to provide users with an enriching experience, et al. These have become essential features of any application now. However, Python does not allow programmers to enjoy these.
This is the question that we have to ask when we use Python to build various applications, wherein the user interface and the experience of the user forms a very important component. XPCOM or Cross Platform Component Object Model was introduced for this purpose. The goal of XPCOM is to allow different pieces of software to be developed and built independently of one another. In order to allow interoperability between components within an application, XPCOM separates the implementation of a component from the interface. XPCOM also provides several tools and libraries that enable the loading and manipulation of these components, services that help the developer write modular cross-platform code, and versioning support, so that components can be replaced or upgraded without breaking or having to recreate the application.