It’s been a long journey, but the first release of NFLPool is now live at NFLPool.xyz .
We’ll call it a 0.5 release. Features include:
New installation service: Upon starting the Pyramid app for the first time, the database and all of its tables are created. I’ve built an admin panel where the administrator log into and kicks off the installation service: Downloads all of the team information from MySportsFeeds including NFL team names, conference, and division information and inserts it into the database.
We’re a day away from launch. The NFL season starts in just over three weeks and players will need to submit their picks for NFLPool for the 2017 season. The majority of the picks won’t come until days before the season kickoff, but it would be nice to iron out some bugs… like the last one that might prevent me from launching for a few more days (but more on that later).
I’m not even sure where to start from last update on Friday. The last 48 hours have been a roller coaster of up and downs of getting stuck and then figuring it out.
After completing the the functionality to create a new installation and add a new season to NFLPoo (or update to a new season) l, I needed to start working on letting a user make their picks for the new season.
I came across a thread on /r/LearnPython a few weeks ago that summed up my experience with Python. The thread was the typical “I’m learning Python, but I feel stuck and I’m not learning”. Someone replied with encouragement, and pointed out that studying Python is very different than learning Python and how it works.
I can relate. It’s been just over a year since I started down this path and almost two years (where does the time go!
I took the week off from work to see how much progress I could make on NFLPool this week (and to get some stuff done around the house, but really, for NFLPool). I told myself I’d blog my progress every day and here it is Wednesday already.
In my last blog post, I noted how I was going to have to move back to SQLite for the database. Over the weekend I ripped out most of the MongoDB code and started laying the groundwork for SQLite.
I sat down excited at dinner last night excited to share with my wife the two things I learned in my Talk Python course yesterday. The first was learning the basics of CSS, something I’ve avoided for years. I’m not going to even pretend I understand CSS, but it’s a base knowledge to work with and there is still a whole chapter of applied front-end frameworks, so I’m sure there will be more on CSS.
I followed through on my last blog post and made a lot of progress over the weekend – the best way to learn is by doing. I’ve updated my roadmap for nflpool and broke the development of the nflpool app into chunks:
0.1: Database creation complete – write the Python code and SQL statements to create all the needed database tables using sqlite3. This includes using the requests module to import all players in the NFL into the database from MySportsFeeds .