When Massimo Di Pierro, a professor of computer science at DePaul University, created Web2py, he was aiming to build a Python-based Web framework that was both powerful and easy to use. He succeeded. Web2py is an intelligently designed, well-crafted framework that boasts a small footprint, an uncluttered API, excellent documentation, and a soup-to-nuts Web-based administration tool that also serves as a complete integrated development environment. Installation is easy, wizards help speed the creation of new applications, and complexity is abstracted away. Web2py is a powerfully capable framework with plenty of pleasant surprises under the hood — a standout among the pillars of Python.