Using Python’s Flask to Build a Basic API, Creating the didactic-engine-flask

I’ve worked with Python almost entirely from the maintenance programmer perspective. That is, I take other code written already, make edits, add features, and then redeploy it. I’ve created exactly zero greenfield applications in Python. That changes today however, with the creation of the didactic-engine-flask app!


The only prereq to understanding this article is knowing git if you want to get the code, but it isn’t necessary. I’m starting this from ground zero. If you’re just getting started with Python, be sure to read “Getting Started With Python Right!” and “Unbreaking Python Through Virtual Environments” about setting up your environment. These two entries cover enough to ensure you won’t end up with broken, conflicted, and convoluted Python environments.

Mission: Build a Flask based API.

This post is about a singular thing, building an API with Flask. It won’t be about data modeling, databases, or wrapping middleware into the mix. It’s pure and simple Flask, with just the bare necessities needed to get an API working and responding appropriately requests. Continue reading “Using Python’s Flask to Build a Basic API, Creating the didactic-engine-flask”