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Todd Birchard

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Product manager turned engineer with ongoing identity crisis. Breaks everything before learning best practices. Completely normal and emotionally stable.

MongoDB Cloud: "Backend as a Service" with Atlas & Stitch

MongoDB's silent transformation from an open-source database to enterprise cloud provider

Unless you've been living under a rock (or only visit this site via work-related Google Searches, like most people) you've probably heard me drone on here and there about MongoDB Atlas and MongoDB Stitch. I even went so far as

NoSQL Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Nov 15

Scraping Data on the Web with BeautifulSoup

The honest act of robotically stealing data

There are plenty of reliable and open sources of data on the web. Datasets are freely released to the public domain by the likes of Kaggle, Google Cloud, and of course local & federal government. Like most things free and

Python Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Nov 11

Create a REST API Endpoint Using AWS Lambda

Use Python and MySQL to Build an Endpoint

Now that you know your way around API Gateway, you have the power to create vast collections of endpoints. If only we could get those endpoints to actually receive and return some stuff.

We'll create a GET function which will

AWS Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 29

Deploy Application Containers with GCP App Engine

Doing everything to avoid server configuration or any mild discomfort.

We've been on a bit of a tear lately on Google Cloud lately (or at least I have) , and I have no desire to stop any time soon. I probably should though...  our own analytics show that half our viewers

Google Cloud Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 25

Creating Google Cloud Functions Running Python 3.7

GCP scores another victory by trivializing serverless functions

The more I explore Google Cloud's endless catalog of cloud services, the more I really like Google Cloud. This is why before moving forward, I'd like to be transparent that this blog has become little more than thinly veiled Google

Google Cloud Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 18

Structuring your Flask App Like a Responsible Adult

Leverage Blueprints, Flask-Assets, and the Application Factory.

When we first started developing in Flask, most of us took the 5 lines of code in the quick-start guide and ran with it. Compared to every other web framework, getting a "Hello world" to flash on screen without being

Flask Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 15

Extract Nested Data From Complex JSON

Steal our code and never manually walk through JSON objects again

We're all data people here, so you already know the scenario: it happens perhaps once a day, perhaps 5, or even more. There's an API you're working with, and it's great. It contains all the information you're looking for, but

Python Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Oct 10