Web API Development with Flask [Video]

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  • Understand the fundamental capabilities of the Flask framework
  • Find out how HTTP/Verb methods are used for CRUD operations
  • Become efficient using SQLAlchemy to store and query data models 
  • Design and develop large applications independently from Flask
  • Integrate and develop authorization mechanisms in web APIs
  • Explore security principles, and understand how storing passwords should be implemented
  • Use the Flask test client efficiently to run automated tests

Whether working in the enterprise, building for web or mobile, you will need to build (if you haven't already) RESTful APIs to serve data between different client applications and endpoints. This course delivers the fundamental knowledge required to enable highly connected interaction between applications through building RESTful web APIs.

Building good web APIs is not an easy task, but is a necessity for applications that support multiple platforms (mobile, tablet, and web applications) especially with the modern, mobile-first approach to development. In this course, you will learn how to build up and structure an effective web API that can be used by any client application accessing it over the HTTP protocol.

We will start out with basics of the Flask framework before establishing a comprehensive foundation of working with CRUD operations using SQLAlchemy and MySQL as the data store. You’ll get an understanding of how REST works relative to APIs, and we’ll cover how to test APIs written in Python with the support of Flask. You will learn about token-based authentication and find out how to store passwords securely in your database. Best practices and design guidelines when building large applications are also presented.

After completing Web API Development with Flask, you will have enhanced your technical knowledge about RESTful web APIs and have absorbed best practices that can be applied practically in the future.

Style and Approach

This is a step-by-step video course that quickly introduces the fundamentals of the Flask framework before demonstrating how to develop a functional web API.

  • Understand how RESTful CRUD APIs can be built using Python and Flask
  • Familiarize yourself with the Flask framework and its components (routing, the template engine, and error handling)
  • Incorporate best practices when building large applications
  • Learn how to apply important security practices when developing APIs
  • Understand technical terms and best practices with detailed code explanations
Course Length 1 hour 40 minutes
ISBN 9781783551750
Date Of Publication 30 Jan 2016


Gergo Bogdan

Gergo Bogdan is a software engineer with over 8 years of experience in the IT industry. During this time, he worked at small companies and multinational organizations. He has vast expertise in multiple technologies, starting from .NET to Python, JavaScript and Java. He loves to create technical articles and tutorials for fellow developers and is a passionate blogger (http://grelution.com).