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Code Challenge 40 - Daily Python Tip Part 1 - Make a Web App

Posted by PyBites on Tue 24 October 2017 in Challenge • 2 min read

Life is about facing new challenges - Kostya Tszyu

Hi Pythonistas, you heard of Daily Python Tip? It's a Twitter account that posts one python tip per day, run by @karlafej and @simecek. We partnered up with them and use their awesome collection of tips to build a web app (part 1) and a simple API (part 2).

The Challenge

The goal is to make a web app to make it easier to navigate the collection of tips:

  1. Choose a web framework of your choice. Django, Flask, Bottle, use what you like. Make a new virtualenv and pip install it.
  2. Make a scheduled job to sync the published tips to a DB from their google spreadsheet or their Twitter using a wrapper like Tweepy. Note some tweets have media attached, ideally you would retrieve those links as well. So pull the following fields: Timestamp, Python Tip, Link, Who Posted, Published (if > 1 link you probably need a second table with FK)
  3. The tips don't always have hashtags so it might be hard to 'tag' them. That said you could set up routes like yourapp/numpy that retrieve all tips with that have 'numpy' in their body. This way you could make links on the homepage to common categories.
  4. We think the best way to navigate them is to have a search box that just does a full text search.
  5. As there are hundreds of tips you probably want to use pagination or lazy loading when you display them.

Bonus

  1. Use the Twitter API to retrieve the number of likes and retweets per tip and store those in the DB as well. Show the tips descending on popularity.
  2. Provide a Twitter login so you can retweet tips to your Twitter account with one click.
  3. Host it to the cloud (Heroku, PythonAnywhere, ...)

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