Flask Blueprints

Dive into the world of the Flask microframework to develop an array of web applications

Flask Blueprints

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Joël Perras

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Book Details

ISBN 139781784394783
Paperback198 pages

Book Description

Flask is a small but powerful web development framework for Python. Though Flask is termed a micro-framework, it is no way lacking in functionality; there are many extensions available to Flask which helps it to function at the same level as other large frameworks such as Django and Ruby on Rails.

This book will demonstrate how to develop a series of web application projects with the Python web micro-framework, and leverage extensions and external Python libraries and APIs to extend the development of a variety of larger and more complex web applications.

The book will start by explaining Python’s Virtualenv library and how to create and switch between multiple virtual environments. You’ll first build an SQL database-backed application, which will use Flask-WTF, Flask-SQLAlchemy, Jinja templates, and other methods. Next you’ll move on to a timeline application, built using concepts including pytest-Flask, the Blinker package, data modelling for user timelines, exception handling, and creating and organizing CLI tools.

Moving on, you’ll discover how to implement a photo timeline application where you’ll explore topics such as writing and running celery tasks, API error handling and testing, and Werkzeug middlewares.

Finally, the book walks you through creating an application which fetches data from GitHub and stores it locally. You will also learn how to install and configure Flask-Click extension.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Starting on the Right Foot – Using Virtualenv
Setuptools and pip
Avoiding dependency hell, the Python way
Working with virtualenv
Simplifying common operations – using the virtualenvwrapper tool
Summary
Chapter 2: Small to Big – Growing the Flask Application Structure
Your first Flask application structure
From module to package
From package to blueprint
Summary
Chapter 3: Snap – the Code Snippet Sharing Application
Getting started
Summary
Chapter 4: Socializer – the Testable Timeline
Starting off
Application factories
Unit and functional testing
Social features – friends and followers
Functional and integration testing
Publish/subscribe events with Blinker
Graceful handling of exceptions
Functional testing
Your newsfeed
Summary
Chapter 5: Shutterbug, the Photo Stream API
Starting off
The application factory
Interlude – Werkzeug
Simple APIs with Flask-RESTful
Summary
Chapter 6: Hublot – Flask CLI Tools
Starting off
Summary
Chapter 7: Dinnerly – Recipe Sharing
First OAuth
Setting up the application
Interlude – database migrations
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Use the virtualenv Python package to effectively isolate your development environments
  • Convert a simple one-file Flask application into a more full-fledged multi-package application
  • Integrate Flask-Login for simple user authentication, Flask-WTF for forms, and Flask-SQLAlchemy for database interactions
  • Explore URL routing and dispatching in a blueprint structured application
  • Create your own signals and consume them within your application
  • Learn to leverage Werkzeug, the WSGI library that powers much of Flask
  • Implement custom exceptions for handling non-20x response codes
  • Write your own CLI tools for administrative and development tasks of your Flask application using Flask-Script/Click
  • Build your Flask extensions to encapsulate reusable behaviors across your applications
  • Integrate your application with open source JavaScript-based graphing libraries to create simple data visualizations

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Starting on the Right Foot – Using Virtualenv
Setuptools and pip
Avoiding dependency hell, the Python way
Working with virtualenv
Simplifying common operations – using the virtualenvwrapper tool
Summary
Chapter 2: Small to Big – Growing the Flask Application Structure
Your first Flask application structure
From module to package
From package to blueprint
Summary
Chapter 3: Snap – the Code Snippet Sharing Application
Getting started
Summary
Chapter 4: Socializer – the Testable Timeline
Starting off
Application factories
Unit and functional testing
Social features – friends and followers
Functional and integration testing
Publish/subscribe events with Blinker
Graceful handling of exceptions
Functional testing
Your newsfeed
Summary
Chapter 5: Shutterbug, the Photo Stream API
Starting off
The application factory
Interlude – Werkzeug
Simple APIs with Flask-RESTful
Summary
Chapter 6: Hublot – Flask CLI Tools
Starting off
Summary
Chapter 7: Dinnerly – Recipe Sharing
First OAuth
Setting up the application
Interlude – database migrations
Summary

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ISBN 139781784394783
Paperback198 pages
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