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Parsing HTML: A Guide to Select the Right Library

HTML is a markup language with a simple structure. It would be quite easy to build a parser for HTML with a parser generator. Actually, you may not need even to do that, if you choose a popular parser generator, like ANTLR. That is because there are already available grammars ready to be used. HTML is so popular that there ...

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WebRTC Leak Prevent Example

In this post, we will discuss what WebRTC Leak is and how to mitigate the risks posed by it. WebRTC is a set of APIs that allow peer to peer connections without the need of a relaying server in between. Without an intermediary in between, this connection allows real-time communications between the peers. Since the concern was raised about leak ...

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Using gRPC in Python

gRPC is an HTTP/2-based Remote Procedure Call (RPC) framework that uses protocol buffers (protobuf) as the underlying data serialization framework. It is an alternative to other language-neutral RPC frameworks such as Apache Thrift and Apache Arvo. In the first part of this series on using gRPC in Python, we will implement a gRPC service in Python. Our gRPC service will ...

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Does GraphQL Reduce the Need for Documentation?

Before we begin, note that this post isn’t intended as an introduction to GraphQL. For a beginner’s guide, I suggest Derek Haynes’ Codeship post or howtographql.com. As a technical writer, I was intrigued by the claim that GraphQL reduces the time you need to spend on documenting an API and reduces the amount of documentation your application needs. I wanted ...

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How to create a Google Drive App in Flask

This is the first in a series of articles for web programmers that explain in detail about using the Google Drive API in your web applications to access files/folders on behalf of the users of your application. In my last project, I had to develop a python flask app for my users that required to access the files stored in ...

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How to create a Google Drive App in PHP

This is the second article in the drive series for web programmers that aims to explain how to use the Google Drive API in your web applications to access files/folders on behalf of your logged-in users. One of the basic tasks here is to authenticate to google and access the drive on the user’s behalf once they grant permission to ...

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Flask Recipe – RESTful CRUD using sqlalchemy

RESTful apps are a thing these days. When your application’s userbase gets quite large and the client could vary from a laptop to an android device to an iOS device, it pays to keep the backend code separate and use the server only for making RESTful calls using HTTP methods that pertain to basic OLTP transactions: SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and ...

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Demystifying comments migration from Disqus to WordPress

Some time ago, I had switched from a self-hosted wordpress blog to a statically generated (Jekyll) blog hosted on Github Pages. For a commenting system, Disqus was quite an easy choice at that time since it was zero hassle for us site owners, and Disqus did all the heavy lifting from filtering the comments to storing and displaying them. But as ...

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