iStockutils.com – Built with Flask and Now Live

January 7th, 2012 posted by admin

I recently set out to learn Python, specifically on the Flask (+Werkzeug/Jinja2) microframework, and did so through developing a tool for iStocphoto.com contributors. The result is iStockutils.com, and the code is available for viewing/forking on GitHub.

I still have much more to learn, but though this exercise I’ve become a big fan of Python and, after working with lots of different templating engines over the years, really like the format and flexibility of Jinja2. Kudos to Armin Ronacher for his fantastic work on all of this.

No kudos though to the iStockphoto folks who haven’t even responded to my request for access to their API. This means that all of the data is currently scraped from the HTML. Nasty.