Generally, when I am in a middle of prototyping a concept or in a need of quickly executing Ajax requests or using browser features which would need the page to be hosted on a web server, I use Python's SimpleHTTPServer module.
Python's SimpleHTTPServer is a great way of serve the contents of the current directory,all one needs to do is change directory and execute a command which will expose all contents as if they were hosted in a web page.
cd myfolder python -m SimpleHTTPServer
you don't need a line of code or a even a python file anywhere inside the directory for this to work, the module works all on its own and just needs a port number.
If there is a file called index.html inside the root, then its served when the user types
SimpleHTTPServer is a great module for quick start, however its not a production ready tool and must be used only for lightweight use.
Another use of this module is a quick utility Proxy. This does need a few lines of code though :!
import SocketServer import SimpleHTTPServer import urllib PORT = 3333 class Proxy(SimpleHTTPServer.SimpleHTTPRequestHandler): def do_GET(self): self.copyfile(urllib.urlopen(self.path), self.wfile) httpd = SocketServer.ForkingTCPServer(('', PORT), Proxy) print "serving at port", PORT httpd.serve_forever()
Hope it helps.