Flask Web Development: Developing Web Applications with Python

Flask Web Development: Developing Web Applications with Python
By Miguel Grinberg

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Take full creative control of your web applications with Flask, the Python-based microframework. With this hands-on book, you'll learn Flask from the ground up by developing a complete social blogging application step-by-step. Author Miguel Grinberg walks you through the framework's core functionality, and shows you how to extend applications with advanced web techniques such as database migration and web service communication. Rather than impose development guidelines as other frameworks do, Flask leaves the business of extensions up to you. If you have Python experience, this book shows you how to take advantage of that creative freedom.

  • Learn Flask's basic application structure and write an example app
  • Work with must-have components--templates, databases, web forms, and email support
  • Use packages and modules to structure a large application that scales
  • Implement user authentication, roles, and profiles
  • Build a blogging feature by reusing templates, paginating item lists, and working with rich text
  • Use a Flask-based Restful Api to expose app functionality to smartphones, tablets, and other third-party clients
  • Learn how to run unit tests and enhance application performance
  • Explore options for deploying your web app to a production server

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #97927 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2014-05-18
  • Released on: 2014-05-18
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.19" h x .59" w x 7.00" l, .92 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 258 pages


  • O Reilly Media

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Miguel Grinberg has over 25 years of experience as a software engineer. He blogs at blog.miguelgrinberg.com about a variety of topics including web development, robotics, photography, and the occasional movie review. Miguel lives in Portland, Oregon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5The DeFacto Starting Place For Learning Flask
By T
Miguel's book is one of the best places to get started with Flask. He explains concepts clearly, gets you excited about learning, and has the example programs laid out in an easy to use structure. You just download his github repo and each checkpoint in the book corresponds to it's own git branch. You follow along with him and build apps like a blog, a user management system, a social following system like Twitter, and more.
I highly recommend checking out his tutorial from PyCon 2015 before purchasing this book to get a good idea what the lessons will be like. Google Miguel Grinberg PyCon2015 tutorial to find it.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great introduction to server side development for a beginner!
By The dude
The author is an expert in his field, and judging from the content and quality of this book, it is immediately apparent. In my mind, a software developer is an artisan with abstract tools. As such, this book shows you how an artisan builds a blogging application in action, step-by-step. Some guides only show self-contained examples, leaving you to figure out how to connect all the pieces of the puzzles. This guide, however, takes you from start to finish, introducing new Flask concepts as you need them. You will discover not only the what it is, but the why and how.

If you are beginner to server side development, this book will give you a solid base to develop your own applications. This book is more of a tutorial and conceptual guide for seasoned developers, so along with having a basic/intermediate level of Python knowledge (Think Python is a great book for this) and another resource for learning the basic components of the client-server model, you will be well equipped to learn from a master and write your own applications.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Concise Flask Book Delivers Lots Of Value
By William P Ross
Flask Web Development is a great book for learning Flask through examples. The explanations are clear and to the point.

The book starts by pointing out why Flask may be a good choice for you. Chapters progress in a logical fashion and I felt the explanations were at the right level. There are two parts to the book where the first part describes how to use Flask for ordinary tasks such as Jinja html templates, and the 2nd half of the book focuses on social applications of how you would turn your site into a social site.

I am using Flask for a project currently and I found the sections on Web Forms (Chapter 4) and Deployment (Chapter 17) to be especially useful to me. At first I thought the deployment section focused too much on Heroku. But I realized deploying to Heroku is much easier than other cloud providers if you already have a GitHub setup.

While the second part of the book (social apps) where not directly relevant to me, I got a good sense of how to use these techniques in the future. I also think this is the first book on Flask (by copyright), so I give a lot of credit for going into uncharted waters.

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