Today, I am teaching a tutorial at PyCon called “Rapid Web Prototyping with Lightweight Tools.” I’ll update this post with how it went, but here are the materials people are using for the course.
- Video Recording
- Slides (web)
- Slides in Note Form (Github)
- Slides (SpeakerDeck)
- Code (git)
- Code (zip)
- pip requirements
The tutorial is hands-on and code-oriented, building upon the viewpoint I laid out in my “Build a web app fast” post from last year.
It selects some lightweight tools for building a web app such as:
- Twitter Bootstrap
It combined that with a lightweight database (MongoDB) and a small but production-ready UNIX-based deployment stack (supervisor, uWSGI, nginx). Code is finally pushed to live servers using fabric.
Throughout the tutorial, live rapid prototyping tools like IPython Notebook, CodeMirror, and Emmet are used, as well as good old pen-and-paper.
I gave this talk as a fundraiser for a startup hub in Charlottesville, VA, and it raised over $1,000. At PyCon, the tutorial is raising money for the Python Software Foundation, IMO one of the most important open source foundations out there.
But more importantly, this tutorial teaches programmers how to rapidly go from idea to prototype to deployed web application with minimal magic and minimal effort. Most fledgling startup hackers who reach out to me are looking for this kind of material, so I hope to turn it into a multi-part blog series (perhaps ebook) soon. More to come!