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Setting Up - Building an API in Python with Flask

Brian Clark 💡
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In this session, Cecil, Brian and chat set up our development environment for building an API in Python with Flask. They use Visual Studio Online as their remote development environment and collaborate over Visual Studio Live Share

The following are notes and details recapping a past live stream where we live code together. The idea behind these streams is that they provide real-world examples of running into problems and solving them or working towards solving them live. Enjoy this latest one on Python 🙂👍

Wednesday - January 15, 2019

Next Steps

  • Add features to the API


VS Code Extensions Shown/Used


Clips are a feature on Twitch that let you cut and capture segments of the live stream in the moment (up to 60 seconds). See how to use clips on Twitch for more details. The following are some fun moments captured from this stream:


Links not working on Twitch? It's most likely because Twitch will only save my stream recordings for about 60 days. Use the YouTube link at the top of this page instead.

This table helps point out different segments of the stream (highlighted in bold) or moments we learned something (not bold). The timestamps link to the video on Twitch at that point in the recording. If you'd like the YouTube link above will have similar timestamps and link to those same points in the recording as well.

Timestamp Topic
00:05:13 Kick it off
00:14:51 Plan for the future of the Python streams
00:31:15 Begin setting up visual studio online
00:35:01 Calculating cost of vso based on estimated usage
01:16:33 Actively using Visual Studio Live share in the Visual Studio Online environment
01:29:09 Back from break
01:29:35 Start setting up the vso environment for python and share Cecil's via vs live share
01:36:05 Installing a new version of python in vs online
01:56:26 Now really installing a new version of python with pyenv
02:01:27 Why is an older version of Python being used still?
02:14:39 Checking out github cli (not git)
02:38:07 We wrote a thing! built an API with Flask in Python!
02:48:21 Exploring the commands for github cli to create our repository

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