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Max Ong Zong Bao
Max Ong Zong Bao

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Developer Tools & Frameworks for a Python Developer

Introduction

Due to the trend for data sciences and popularity on the use of Python to teach computer programming.

Due to the growing amount of tools and framework used for Python from scripting to building AI there's always a tool or framework to make Python development easy to get started.

Below is my list of developer tools and frameworks that are useful for development using Python.

Tools

PyCharm Professional Edition

One of the most popular IDE used among Python developers

This a tool in my toolbox. That I spent my time a daily basis when I am developing anything in Python as it includes a lot of shortcuts and feature that makes development easy.

I fell in love with the Debugger feature.

One of the best experience I had in working with Microsoft Visual Studio. It was was easy to use and make debugger of my code a breeze.

Visual Studio Code

If your taste for Python development is the speedy text editor without much of the bell & and whistle.

Visual Studio Code will be your choice.

Recently Microsoft had released the Visual Studio Online which allows you to treat it as an online IDE similar to CodeEnvy by RedHat or AWS Cloud9.

Libraries

Request

This one of the unsung heroes that I use for my Test-Driven Development (TDD) for my API development.

It is easy to learn and allows you to make various query requests to an endpoint with ease.

I never require many Google searches as I could get what I need directly from the documentation.

Frameworks

Scrapy

Besides, it's used case for creating a spider to scrape for data. Scrapy is a useful automated tool used for testing out a website's UI/UX interaction to mimic human behaviour.

Besides that by using the headless option under the chrome browser.

It dramatically improves the speed of execution for Scrapy without the need to load a browser.

Django

It is my bread and butter skill for building a web development project.

With excellent documentation, developing with Django does not make you feel confused due their documentation is simple and easy to understand.

Django follows the "one-stop" model that usually provides a single way to get the jump.

If you require to build a specific feature for your endpoint and it's always great to head down to Django packages for the package you could integrate with Django.

Flask

One of the second contender for the top spot for web development with Django.

Flask offers flexibility & simplicity, which allows you to install multiple packages to get the specific relevant feature that you require.

The most painful the part for me was the setup of the project structuring in a flask project.

Zappa

Deploying has always been a pain to deal from the choice from uWisgi, Mob Wisgi & Gunicorn .

If your using AWS, I would recommend the use of Zappa.

Which provides a serverless function as a service by taking advantage of the AWS Lambda

Pytest

It's used to combine with either the use of Scrapy or Requests library.

It provides a low barrier of entry to learn to create test cases with little boilerplate code.

The main advantage for fixture is that it allows the population of test data into a database.

Once a test has completed executing it will be removed from the database.

Conclusion

I hope that these developer tools and framework could help you on your journey to become a better developer.

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Nikita Sobolev • Edited

Don't forget about wemake-python-styleguide: github.com/wemake-services/wemake-...

It is the strictest Python linter out there!

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The strictest and most opinionated python linter ever!

wemake-python-styleguide

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Welcome to the strictest and most opinionated python linter ever.

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wemake-python-styleguide is actually a flake8 plugin with some other plugins as dependencies.

Quickstart

pip install wemake-python-styleguide

You will also need to create a setup.cfg file with the configuration.

We highly recommend to also use:

  • flakehell for easy integration into a legacy codebase
  • nitpick for sharing and validating configuration across multiple projects

Running

flake8 your_module.py

This app is still just good old flake8 And it won't change your existing workflow.

invocation resuts

See "Usage" section in the docs for examples and integrations.

We also support Github Actions as first class-citizens Try it out!

What we are about

The ultimate goal of this project is to make all people write exactly the same python code.

black mypy pylint flake8 wemake-python-styleguide
Formats code?
Finds style issues?
Finds bugs?
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Ice or Fire

I'm going to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

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Max Ong Zong Bao Author

This looks really nice.

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Mangabo Kolawole

Great Post. I really loved it. I would add Masonite which is a great framework and can be an alternative to Django If you quickly need to develop a complex app. 😁
An article:
masonitecasts.com/articles/5-reaso...

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Cédric Foellmi

Are missing a few libraries for testing in particular: freezegun (to travel in time), vcrpy (to fake the replay of "cassetes" = http requests), and factory_boy (to create tons of objects in setup of your tests) etc...

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Max Ong Zong Bao Author

I heard of factory_boy but had not heard about others

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Juan Carlos

Good post, maybe 1 more for the list... 😜

Faster Than Requests with MultiThread Web Scraper:
dev.to/juancarlospaco/faster-than-...

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Max Ong Zong Bao Author

Hahahaha shall try it out

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rhymes

httpx is emerging as a solid alternative to requests with http2 and async support

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Tacio Nery

Thanks for sharing this Max!

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Max Ong Zong Bao Author

No problem I hope you like it.