It's been a very long time since I did any serious web development (like 8 years!!!!). Last time I did any, IE6 was still the most popular browser and cross browser compatibility was a nightmare! :S Don't get me wrong, I've still been coding, but mostly SQL, a little Windows Forms and WPF, and even a chunk of good ol' VBA in Excel.
A LOT has changed in the world of Web Development, and when I came up with (what I think is) a fairly good web/mobile app idea, I needed some serious brushing up of skills. ASP.NET Web Forms (which I was using is on the way out), in favour of ASP.NET MVC and the new .NET Core. Xamarin is now part of Microsoft and I hear good things about, so a upskilling in the latest from Microsoft is a compelling option. As I needed a fair amount of upskilling, I took a look outside the Microsoft ecosystem to see what else is out there, specifically using Python. Why Python? I dabble a fair bit in 3D, and most of the major 3D tools have a Python scripting ability, so getting familiar with Python will come in handy later on. Plus Python has a strong presence in the Big Data field, so will also come in handy there too.
So I started digging around outside the confines of Microsoft and came across a popular Python Web Framework called Django, and Django is AWESOME! It is super easy to use, fast to develop in, and forces good programing conventions. You simply define your models (and relationships), and Django takes care of all the plumbing, creating the Database and all the code needed to access it, plus it includes a dynamic Admin site that has an out of the box simple UI to manage the data (targeted to admins, not necessarily end users). It's been around for over 11 years now, and is very mature and has an extensive set of extensions. One such extension is the Django Rest Framework, which with a few lines of code I was able to wrap a full REST API around my models. Done! I hear Django is very similar to Ruby on Rails, but I have no experience with that technology to comment any further.
Below is a high level diagram of the various app components and frameworks I'm going to tackle for the app:
There is a lot to learn, so will keep me busy for a little while yet. With Django I was already able to quickly build the App Framework and the REST API, and being Django the Database and Admin website is all done too.
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