Short Notes on Flask and Flask-RestPlus

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Structuring the Project

Handling Requests

File Upload

class Handle(Resource):
    @ns.param('data', description='We will just return this.', _in='formData', type='string', required=True)
    @ns.param('file', description='We will save this as /tmp/test.jpg.', _in='formData', type='file', required=True)
    def post(self):
        with open('/tmp/test.jpg', 'wb') as f:
        return {'data': request.form['data']}

"MySQL server has gone away" with (Flask-)SQLAlchemy

On infrequently used connections, most cloud hosts kill unused DB connections after some time.

This is a problem if your SQLAlchemy connection pool is not recycled often enough.

You can just lower the recycle time to solve this. It is also good to increase the pool size to handle the case where your load increases (at times):

app.config['SQLALCHEMY_POOL_SIZE'] = 100
app.config['SQLALCHEMY_POOL_RECYCLE'] = 240

Default is size = 10, recycle = 7200, but many cloud providers kill inactive connections after about 5 min, thus the 4 min period above.