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Google App Engine Programming in Python
MA/CS 197, Fall 2016, Tuesday, 3:00-4:05, Galileo 105
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Prof. Brian R. Hill, Ph. D. (follow this link for contact and office hours)


We will use IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate with various Python extensions and the Google App Engine SDK:

Examples and Assignments

GitHub Location for Examples and Assignments


We will cover the following topics:

  • Getting Started
    • Using a Python IDE (IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate)
    • Running and Debugging
    • Unit Testing with the unittest Library
    • PEP8 Conformance
    • Example/Review: Get Pokemon or Other Algorithm from Your Last Python Course Running Under IntelliJ
  • Google App Engine Front End
    • Google App Engine SDK
    • Web Servers
    • Debugging Web Apps
    • Example: Hello World
    • Python webapp2 Library
    • Request Handling
    • Response Writing
    • Example: Guestbook
  • Representational State Transfer (REST)
    • Datastore Create/Read/Update/Delete (CRUD)
    • JSON Request Bodies and JSON Responses
    • Controlling API Access with Google's OAuth Service
    • Example: Tic-tac-toe
  • Google App Engine Datastore
    • Using ndb library for reading from and writing to the Datastore
    • Example/Assignment: RESTful Movies
    • Querying from the ndb library
    • Example/Assignment: RESTful Movies (Part II — Queries)
  • Google App Engine Task Queues
    • Task Queues for deferring time-consuming, but not time-critical operations
    • Example/Assignment: RESTful Movies (Part III — Recalculating Rating Averages)
  • Statistical Learning
  • Optimization Methods
    • Newton's Optimization Method for One Dimension
    • Example/Assignment: Minimization of a Quartic Cost Function
    • Newton's Optimization Method for Two and More Dimensions
    • Example/Assignment: Photocurrent Fit
    • Stochastic Optimization for Higher Dimensions
    • Example/Assignment: Stochastic Optimization Part I (Preliminaries, including Generating Perturbations and Using the Simultaneous Approximation to Get Derivatives)
    • Stochastic Optimization with
    • Example/Assignment: Stochastic Optimization Part II (Looping a la Spall)
  • Tie Client and Server Together
    • Example/Assignment: Create RESTful iOS client that fetches all reviews for a movie