We have a new release of Tornado just around the corner. The big changes in this release are the updated system applications: /puakma.pma, /system/admin.pma and /system/webdesign.pma These three applications are oooooooold and easily had the oldest code of any Tornado app inside. For example webdesign was the first app created in 2001 and until recently still had code from that era in it! As you can imagine a few things have changed since then, now some actions that previously took maybe a page of code now have only a couple of lines.
The biggest change is probably the introduction of TableManager. TableManager is a brilliant class that makes dealing with relational databases very, very easy. It came into existance around 2004, and since noone likes to go back a redo a working application, webdesign et al remained severely outdated.
We are just putting the finishing touches to the admin application and will shortly after make a new release. Here's a sample of what the new look and feel holds. The layout is based on the fabulous Sinorca Open Source web template http://haran.freeshell.org/oswd/sinorca/ .