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November 16, 2023 / 5 min read / 130 , 1 , 1
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to automatically hot-reload your FastAPI and Flask projects that use template engines like Jinja with web servers like uvicorn or gunicorn. After reading, you will be able to automatically restart your server and refresh your browser when Python, HTML, CSS, and other files change—no manual intervention required.
September 14, 2023 / 23 min read / 545 , 1 , 0
Parameterization is a powerful tool in pytest (the most popular Python testing framework). It allows us to write a single, simple test that can dynamically expand to become many similar tests with minor input differences. In this blog post, I will describe how to write parameterized pytests and why they are such a powerful tool. And then, I'll show you how to re-write parameterized tests more effectively using dataclasses.
December 14, 2022 / 22 min read / 2,957 , 1 , 0
October 18, 2022 / 12 min read / 1,494 , 1 , 0
Cookies! 🍪🍪 Tasty snack or valuable web development tool? 🤷♂️ For our context today, cookies are small pieces of data sent from the server to the client. The client's browser stores cookies locally and then sends the cookies back to the server with every request. Cookies are used for a variety of purposes, including session management (who's logged in?), keeping track of user settings (use dark mode?), and tracking user behavior (website analytics, ad targeting). In this tutorial, we'll talk about how to manage cookies with the Flask web framework. We'll go over setting, updating, retrieving, and deleting cookies in Flask routes.
September 15, 2022 / 85 min read / 3,027 , 3 , 2
At the start of June 2017, I was a lab technician at the University of Colorado and had no coding experience. A year later, in June of 2018, I started my first job as a full-time software developer. And I've loved my new career choice ever since. In this article, I'll talk about how I made that career pivot, and I'll give you some ideas about how you could make a similar career pivot if it interests you.
July 20, 2022 / 26 min read / 4,903 , 3 , 0
May 28, 2022 / 36 min read / 3,523 , 2 , 0
I wrote the board game Connect 4 for my website! 😀 Here's a link to it if you want to check it out. The game can be played against another human or an AI opponent. It can even be played AI-vs-AI, which I find kind of fun to watch -- and which made testing the AI out much easier and more scientific (more on that later). This is the story of how I wrote the AI for the game intuitively, through some trial and error. This post was updated with a significantly enhanced AI version 6 a couple days after the initial release.
September 15, 2021 / 12 min read / 87,342 , 32 , 7
If you've heard of git pre-commit hooks, but you aren't sure what
they are or how to get started with them, you are in luck! In this guide,
we'll talk about what git pre-commit hooks are and why you should consider
using them. We'll then talk about how to write your own git pre-commit hooks,
and then we'll talk about the
pre-commit framework which can make
setting up git pre-commit hooks easy.
September 04, 2021 / 2 min read / 100,494 , 24 , 17
Does your project prefer
git rebase instead of
git merge? Has your branch
fallen out of sync with the
main branch and you are unable to automate
your rebase due to conflicts? If so, you might have run into rebase hell.
This happens when you try to
git rebase, solve your conflicts, and push to the
main branch, only to find that the
main branch is now, once again, out of
sync in a never-ending loop. Let's break out of rebase hell with
this short guide to rebasing.
August 02, 2021 / 15 min read / 2,177 , 3 , 0
Microsoft released VS Code (Visual Studio Code) in 2015, and since then it has become one of the most popular text editors on the market. What has led to that popularity? It is free and lightweight, with a beautiful and intuitive user interface and it is fully customizable through extensions. Extensions can bring nearly any look or functionality you like to VS Code. But with so many extensions to choose from, which ones are right for you? I'm here to guide you with my top 20 favorite VS Code extensions.
July 14, 2021 / 12 min read / 1,292 , 1 , 0
The command line text editor
vim is popular in the world of programming,
and for good reason. It can be found on nearly any Unix (and often Windows)
system, making it ideal for loading into remote machines and making quick edits
to files. It is also very powerful in the right hands. If you watch an
vim user code with
vim, the cursor is bouncing all over
as they quickly write or edit their files, all without ever touching a mouse...
I am not one of those people. I picked up
vim out of necessity while
working on remote hosts without access to a GUI text editor (I'm partial
to VS Code). But since I needed to use
vim, I wanted to get better at it, so I
vim Udemy course,
and I've been using what I've learned to get a little more efficient in
If you're a
vim beginner, this post will teach you the commands I found
most useful while learning
vim. And if you're a casual
like me, this post can serve as a cheat sheet reminder for all the
commands you and I will continue to forget.
July 12, 2021 / 34 min read / 11,513 , 10 , 4
Are you a python developer looking to improve your testing abilities with pytest? Me too! So I've put together a list of 9 tips and tricks I've found most useful in getting my tests looking sharp. Here are the features we're going to be covering today:
- Useful command-line arguments
- Mocking with
fixtures and the
- Testing python exceptions
- Checking stdout and log messages
- Parameterizing tests
- Using pytest-cov
July 12, 2021 / 47 min read / 5,272 , 6 , 3
Many users like the simplicity of clicking one button to register and/or
log into a website using one of their existing logged-in accounts on another
website such as
In this article, I'll talk about how you can log in and register users for your flask application with flexibility by allowing either OAuth2 or username/password authentication. We'll be using Flask for our web framework, MongoDB for our database, and authomatic for our OAuth authentication framework. But if those don't apply to you, don't fret! Many of the concepts discussed here can be applied to your web stack too!