Sådan bygger du en webapplikation ved hjælp af Flask og distribuerer den til skyen

Introduktion

I hvert afsnit viser jeg kodestykker, som du kan følge med. Al den kode, der bruges i vejledningen, er tilgængelig i dette GitHub-lager.

Hvad er HTTP, og hvad har det at gøre med Flask?

HTTP er protokollen for websteder. Internettet bruger det til at interagere og kommunikere med computere og servere. Lad mig give dig et eksempel på, hvordan du bruger det hver dag.

Når du skriver navnet på et websted i adresselinjen i din browser, og du trykker på enter. Hvad der sker er, at en HTTP-anmodning er sendt til en server.

For eksempel når jeg går til min adresselinje og skriver google.com og derefter trykker på enter, sendes en HTTP-anmodning til en Google Server. Google Server modtager anmodningen og skal finde ud af, hvordan anmodningen skal fortolkes. Google Server sender et HTTP-svar tilbage, der indeholder de oplysninger, som min webbrowser modtager. Derefter viser det, hvad du bad om på en side i browseren.

Hvordan er Flask involveret?

Vi skriver kode, der tager sig af behandling af serversiden. Vores kode modtager anmodninger. Det vil finde ud af, hvad disse anmodninger har at gøre med, og hvad de beder om. Det vil også finde ud af, hvilket svar der skal sendes til brugeren.

For at gøre alt dette bruger vi Flask.

Hvad er kolbe?

Det gør processen med at designe en webapplikation enklere. Kolbe lader os fokusereom, hvad brugerne anmoder om, og hvilken slags svar de skal give tilbage.

Lær mere om mikrorammer.

Hvordan fungerer en kolbe-app?

Koden lader os køre en grundlæggende webapplikation, som vi kan tjene, som om det var et websted.

from flask import Flask app = Flask(__name__) @app.route("/") def home(): return "Hello, World!" if __name__ == "__main__": app.run(debug=True)

Dette stykke kode er gemt i vores main.py.

Linje 1: Her importerer vi Flask-modulet og opretter en Flask-webserver fra Flask-modulet.

Linie 3: __name__ betyder denne aktuelle fil . I dette tilfælde er det main.py. Denne aktuelle fil repræsenterer min webapplikation.

Vi opretter en instans af Flask-klassen og kalder den app. Her opretter vi en ny webapplikation.

Linje 5: Det repræsenterer standardsiden. For eksempel, hvis jeg går til et websted som “google.com/” med intet efter skråstreg. Så vil dette være Googles standardside.

Linje 6–7 : Når brugeren går til min hjemmeside, og de går til standardsiden (intet efter skråstreg), bliver nedenstående funktion aktiveret.

Linie 9: Når du kører dit Python-script, tildeler Python navnet “__main__” til scriptet, når det udføres.

Hvis vi importerer et andet script, forhindrer if-erklæringen, at andre scripts kører. Når vi kører main.py, vil det ændre sit navn til __main__ og først derefter vil det, hvis udsagnet aktiveres.

Linje 10: Dette kører applikationen. Efter at have debug=Truetilladt mulige Python-fejl at vises på websiden. Dette hjælper os med at spore fejlene.

Lad os prøve at køre main.py

Gå til din terminal eller kommandoprompt til den mappe, der indeholder din main.py.Så gør py main.pyeller python main.py. I din terminal eller kommandoprompt skal du se denne output.

Den vigtige del er, hvor det står Running on //127.0.0.1:5000/.

127.0.0.1 betyder denne lokale computer. Hvis du ikke kender betydningen af ​​dette (som jeg ikke gjorde, da jeg startede - denne artikel er virkelig nyttig), er hovedideen, at 127.0.0.1 og localhost henviser til denne lokale computer.

Gå til den adresse, og du skal se følgende:

Mere sjov med kolben

Tidligere så du, hvad der skete, da vi løb main.py med en rute, der var app.route (“/”).

Lad os tilføje flere ruter, så du kan se forskellen.

from flask import Flask app = Flask(__name__) @app.route("/") def home(): return "Hello, World!" @app.route("/salvador") def salvador(): return "Hello, Salvador" if __name__ == "__main__": app.run(debug=True)

I linje 9–11 . vi tilføjede en ny rute, denne gang til / salvador.

Kør nu main.py igen og gå til// localhost: 5000 / salvador.

Indtil videre har vi returneret tekst. Lad os få vores hjemmeside til at se pænere ud ved at tilføje HTML og CSS.

HTML, CSS og virtuelle miljøer

HTML og skabeloner i kolbe

Opret først en ny HTML-fil. Jeg ringede til mit hjem.html.

Her er nogle koder, der kommer i gang.

    Flask Tutorial   

My First Try Using Flask

Flask is Fun

Vigtigt punkt at huske

Flask Framework ser efter HTML-filer i en mappe kaldet skabeloner. Du skal oprette en skabelonmappe og placere alle dine HTML-filer derinde.

Nu skal vi ændre vores main.py, så vi kan se den HTML-fil, vi oprettede.

from flask import Flask, render_template app = Flask(__name__) @app.route("/") def home(): return render_template("home.html") @app.route("/salvador") def salvador(): return "Hello, Salvador" if __name__ == "__main__": app.run(debug=True) We made two new changes

Line 1: We imported render_template() method from the flask framework. render_template() looks for a template (HTML file) in the templates folder. Then it will render the template for which you ask. Learn more about render_templates() function.

Line 7: We change the return so that now it returns render_template(“home.html”). This will let us view our HTML file.

Now visit your localhost and see the changes: //localhost:5000/.

Let’s add more pages

Let’s create an about.html inside the templates folder.

    About Flask   

About Flask

Flask is a micro web framework written in Python.

Applications that use the Flask framework include Pinterest, LinkedIn, and the community web page for Flask itself.

Let’s make a change similar to what we did before to our main.py.

from flask import Flask, render_template app = Flask(__name__) @app.route("/") def home(): return render_template("home.html") @app.route("/about) def about(): return render_template("about.html") if __name__ == "__main__": app.run(debug=True)

We made three new changes:

Line 9: Change the route to"/about".

Line 10: Change the function so it is nowdef about():

Line 11: Change the return so that now it returns render_template("about.html").

Now see the changes: //localhost:5000/about.

Let’s Connect Both Pages with a Navigation

To connect both pages we can have a navigation menu on the top. We can use Flask to make the process of creating a navigation menu easier.

First, let’s create a template.html. This template.html will serve as a parent template. Our two child templates will inherit code from it.

     Flask Parent Template 

First Web App

  • Home
  • About
{% block content %} {% endblock %}

Line 13–14: We use the function calledurl_for(). It accepts the name of the function as an argument. Right now we gave it the name of the function. More information on url_for() function.

The two lines with the curly brackets will be replaced by the content of home.html and about.html. This willdepend on the URL in which the user is browsing.

These changes allow the child pages (home.html and about.html) to connect to the parent (template.html). This allows us to not have to copy the code for the navigation menu in the about.html and home.html.

Content of about.html:

    About Flask   {% extends "template.html" %} {% block content %} 

About Flask

Flask is a micro web framework written in Python.

Applications that use the Flask framework include Pinterest, LinkedIn, and the community web page for Flask itself.

{% endblock %}

Content of home.html:

    Flask Tutorial   {% extends "template.html" %} {% block content %} 

My First Try Using Flask

Flask is Fun

{% endblock %}

Let’s try adding some CSS.

Adding CSS to Our Website

An important note to remember

In the same way as we created a folder called templates to store all our HTML templates, we need a folder called static.

In static, we will store our CSS, JavaScript, images, and other necessary files. That is why it is important that you should create a CSSfolder to store your stylesheets. After you do this, your project folder should look like this:

Linking our CSS with our HTML file

Our template.html is the one that links all pages. We can insert the code here and it will be applicable to all child pages.

    Flask Parent Template 

First Web App

  • Home
  • About
{% block content %} {% endblock %}

Line 7: Here we are giving the path to where the template.css is located.

Now see the changes: //localhost:5000/about.

Moving Forward with Flask and virtualenv

Now that you are familiar with using Flask, you may start using it in your future projects. One thing to always do is use virtualenv.

Why use virtualenv?

You may use Python for others projects besides web-development.

Your projects might have different versions of Python installed, different dependencies and packages.

We use virtualenv to create an isolated environment for your Python project. This means that each project can have its own dependencies regardless of what dependencies every other project has.

Getting started with virtualenv

First, run this command on your command prompt or terminal:

pip install virtualenv

Second, do the following:

virtualenv “name of virtual environment”

Here you can give a name to the environment. I usually give it a name of virtual. It will look like this: virtualenv virtual.

After setting up virtual environment, check your project folder. It should look like this. The virtual environment needs to be created in the same directory where your app files are located.

Activating the virtual environment

Now go to your terminal or command prompt. Go to the directory that contains the file called activate. The file called activate is found inside a folder called Scripts for Windows and bin for OS X and Linux.

For OS X and Linux Environment:

$ name of virtual environmnet/bin/activate

For Windows Environment:

name of virtual environment\Scripts\activate

Since I am using a Windows machine, when I activate the environment it will look like this:

The next step is to install flask on your virtual environment so that we can run the application inside our environment. Run the command:

pip install flask

Run your application and go to //localhost:5000/

We finally made our web application. Now we want to show the whole world our project.

(More information on virtualenv can be found in the following guides on virtualenv and Flask Official Documentation)

Let’s send it to the Cloud

To show others the project we made, we will need to learn how to use Cloud Services.

Deploy Your Web Application to the Cloud

To deploy our web application to the cloud, we will use Google App Engine (Standard Environment). This is an example of a Platform as a Service (PaaS).

PaaS henviser til levering af operativsystemer og tilknyttede tjenester over internettet uden downloads eller installation . Metoden giver kunder mulighed for at oprette og distribuere applikationer uden at skulle investere i den underliggende infrastruktur (Mere info om PaaS tjek TechTarget).

Google App Engine er en platform som et servicetilbud, der giver udviklere og virksomheder mulighed for at opbygge og køre applikationer ved hjælp af Googles avancerede infrastruktur - TechOpedia.

Før du starter:

Du skal bruge en Google-konto . Når du har oprettet en konto, skal du gå til Google Cloud Platform Console og oprette et nyt projekt. Du skal også installere Google Cloud SDK.

I slutningen af ​​denne vejledning vil din projektstruktur se sådan ud.

We will need to create three new files: app.yaml, appengine_config.py, and requirements.txt.

Content of app.yaml:

runtime: python27 api_version: 1 threadsafe: true handlers: - url: /static static_dir: static - url: /.* script: main.app libraries: - name: ssl version: latest

If you were to check Google’s Tutorial in the part where they talk about content of the app.yaml, it does not include the section where I wrote about libraries.

When I first attempted to deploy my simple web app, my deployment never worked. After many attempts, I learned that we needed to include the SSL library.

The SSL Library allows us to create secure connections between the client and server. Every time the user goes to our website they will need to connect to a server run by Google App Engine. We need to create a secure connection for this. (I recently learned this, so if you have a suggestions for this let me know!)

Content of appengine_config.py:

from google.appengine.ext import vendor # Add any libraries installed in the "lib" folder. vendor.add('lib')

Content of requirements.txt:

Flask Werkzeug

Now inside our virtual environment (make sure your virtualenv is activated),we are going to install the new dependencies we have in requirements.txt. Run this command:

pip install -t lib -r requirements.txt

-t lib: This flag copies the libraries into a lib folder, which uploads to App Engine during deployment.

-r requirements.txt: Tells pip to install everything from requirements.txt.

Deploying the Application

To deploy the application to Google App Engine, use this command.

gcloud app deploy

I usually include — project [ID of Project]

This specifies what project you are deploying. The command will look like this:

gcloud app deploy --project [ID of Project]

The Application

Now check the URL of your application. The application will be store in the following way:

"your project id".appspot.com

My application is here: //sal-flask-tutorial.appspot.com

Conclusion

From this tutorial, you all learned how to:

  • Use the framework called Flask to use Python as a Server Side Language.
  • Learned how to use HTML, CSS, and Flask to make a website.
  • Learned how to create Virtual Environments using virtualenv.
  • Use Google App Engine Standard Environment to deploy an application to the cloud.

What I learned

I learned three important things from this small project.

First, I learned about the difference between a static website and a web application

Static Websites:

  • Means that the server is serving HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files to the client. The content of the site does not change when the user interacts with it.

Web Applications:

  • A web application or dynamic website generates content based on retrieved data (most of the time is a database) that changes based on a user’s interaction with the site. In a web application, the server is responsible for querying, retrieving, and updating data. This causes web applications to be slower and more difficult to deploy than static websites for simple applications (Reddit).

Server Side and Client Side:

  • I learned that a web application has two sides. The client side and the server side. The client side is what the user interacts with and the server side is where the all the information that the user inputted is processed.

Second, I learned about Cloud Services

Most of my previous projects were static websites, and to deploy them I used GitHub Pages. GitHub Pages is a free static site hosting service designed to host projects from a GitHub Repository.

When working with web applications, I could not use GitHub Pages to host them. GitHub Pages is only meant for static websites not for something dynamic like a web application that requires a server and a database. I had to use Cloud Services such as Amazon Web Services or Heroku

Third, I learned how to use Python as a Server Side Language

To create the server side of the web application we had to use a server side language. I learned that I could use the framework called Flask to use Python as the Server Side Language.

Next Steps:

You can build all sorts of things with Flask. I realized that Flask helps make the code behind the website easier to read. I have made the following applications during this summer of 2018 and I hope to make more.

Personal Projects

  • A Twilio SMS App
  • My Personal Website

During my internship

  • Part of a project where I learned about Docker and Containers

Here is the list of resources that helped me create this tutorial:

  • “App Engine — Build Scalable Web & Mobile Backends in Any Language | App Engine | Google Cloud.” Google, Google, cloud.google.com/appengine/.
  • “Building a Website with Python Flask.” PythonHow, pythonhow.com/building-a-website-with-python-flask/.
  • “Flask — Lecture 2 — CS50’s Web Programming with Python and JavaScript.” YouTube, 6 Feb. 2018, youtu.be/j5wysXqaIV8.
  • “Getting Started with Flask on App Engine Standard Environment | App Engine Standard Environment for Python | Google Cloud.” Google, Google, cloud.google.com/appengine/docs/standard/python/getting-started/python-standard-env.
  • “Installation.” Welcome | Flask (A Python Microframework), flask.pocoo.org/docs/0.12/installation/.
  • “Python — Deploying Static Flask Sites for Free on Github Pages.” Reddit, www.reddit.com/r/Python/comments/1iewqt/deploying_static_flask_sites_for_free_on_github/.
  • Ægte Python. "Pythons virtuelle miljøer: En grunder - ægte Python." Real Python , Real Python, 7. august 2018, realpython.com/python-virtual-environments-a-primer/.
  • “Hvad er Cloud Services? - Definition fra WhatIs.com. ” SearchITChannel , searchitchannel.techtarget.com/definition/cloud-services.
  • “Hvad er Google App Engine (GAE)? - Definition fra Techopedia. ” Techopedia.com , www.techopedia.com/definition/31267/google-app-engine-gae.

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