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Student Qualifications

  • Grades 6–12 (Accelerated learners in earlier grades are welcome with instructor approval)
  • Logical thinking and math skill
  • Facility with computers
    • Operating system and browser (download, install, unzip, move files around)
  • Typing ability
  • Moderate experience with Python (or another language like C, Java, or JavaScript):
    • variables
    • conditions (if)
    • loops (while or for)
    • sequences (tuples, lists)

Class Description

  • 3 hours
  • $40
  • 6 students, at most

A Web application is a program that people interact with using a Web browser. Some Web apps you may know:

  • Google search, gmail, contacts, calendar, maps
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

There are many ways to make Web apps, using many languages. With Python, using a package called Flask, we can easily make simple Web apps. In this class we will:

  • first review the relevant parts of Python
  • learn to use Flask
  • practice making simple Web applications, such as:
    • random joke and quote servers
    • name pickers
  • write client programs to automatically connect to other students’ Web apps
  • begin to work on a more advanced Web app that includes images and sounds One page of an adventure game web app
  • learn how computers communicate over networks
    • IP addresses
    • ports
    • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) basics
  • learn some tools to explore networking

By the end of class, each student should have created a simple Web app that others can run from the same private local area network.

Preparation

Before class, please set up your laptop for Python.

Materials

Notebooks on Github

Source code

See Also

Python Web App Making Maps Around Schools