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Code Challenge 41 - Daily Python Tip Part 2 - Build an API

Posted by PyBites on Wed 01 November 2017 in Challenge • 2 min read

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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

If you built a web app for part 1 you could use its data / backend. If not just use the Daily Python Tip's backend. We want this challenge to be independent so API lovers are not required to build a web app first.

The goal is to make a simple API using Flask, Django Rest Framework of another (Python) framework. Something the guys at Daily Python Tip could actually use!

HTTP verbs / actions:

  • GET -> here is their google spreadsheet
  • POST -> here is their Google form. "We are consenting adults" so we should prevent duplicates and bad data to be entered so you should add proper validation:

    • no duplicate postings,
    • max length of 140 characters (tips gets posted to Twitter),
    • discard new tips that are too similar to existing (this might be complex but give it some thought ...)

If you took part 1 and are using your own DB / backend you could also implement:

  • PUT (edit) -> for example make the Published boolean editable
  • DELETE -> not sure if applicable but could be used to remove bad data

Bonus

  1. Add Twitter login / authentication to your API so you can implement more actions:
  2. Only allow POST upon login
  3. Add your Twitter handle upon POSTing a new tip
  4. Make a user endpoint with likes, bookmarks, etc
  5. Be creative ...
  6. Host it to the cloud (Heroku, PythonAnywhere, ...)

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Credit

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