Tag Archives: Flask

Add a Flask Worker in AWS Elastic Beanstalk

I was not successful setting up a Django server in an AWS Worker Environment, so I set up a Flask server instead. This guide assumes that you have a web server running in another environment, and that you’ve configured an SQS queue to enqueue jobs for your worker. We obviate the need for Celery by using a cron.yaml file on the Flask worker that can be used to define periodic tasks.

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Setting Up Sphinx Documentation

It took me a while to get Sphinx documentation set up correctly. Since it is highly configurable, it is highly easy to not configure correctly. In this guide I’ll assume that you’re using a Python virtual environment, and that you’ve placed the source code that you want to document in a directory called src/. I’ll walk through installing and configuring what you need to create documentation from inline comments using the Google or NumPy style, and create API documentation for a Flask server. I’ll be extra-explicit about what directory I’m in when I make calls that make assumptions about the working directory.

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Use Vagrant to Manage an OEL6 Virtual Machine

Vagrant is a tool that you can use to set up, configure, and access a VM through the command line. This is a life changer. I love it. In this post I’ll walk through setting up an OEL6 virtual machine, installing a non-ancient version of Python, and configuring the port forwarding so that you can use it for backend web development. (The port forwarding is not obvious on RHEL/OEL.)

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Using Sessions in Flask

In this post I’ll provide an example of using session management in Flask. This is useful when you need to recover persistent data across different endpoints in your application. In this example, we set the permanent attribute of the session object to True in order to ensure that the session data lasts indefinitely until it is cleared when the user accesses the root endpoint again. The best practice is to have a timeout on the session data.

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