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We are currently migrating our projects from django to flask. Since we also intend to use flask for entirely new projects, it made sense to save on initial setup time. So we created a project skeleton which includes some of the things (libs and configuration) that we pick for most projects.



here is a list of assembled components

  • flask decorators for (cache_page, login_required)
  • gae specific monkeypatch for werkzeug debugger
  • a simple user model
  • google appengine specific development/production environment switch
  • google appengine appstats configured
  • google appengine memcache caching backend configured
  • favicon.ico stub to avoid unneeded error logs
  • deck module with 26 char uuid generator
  • deck module with JsonProperty for the datastore
  • lib directory for external dependencies prepended to syspath







clone repository

git clone <project_name>

change to directory of

cd <project_name>

fetch all the submodules via

git submodule update --init

set your own appengine application id in app.yaml

change the 'secret_key' in by generating a new one

add replace remote

git remote rm origin
git remote add origin <new_remote like>
git commit -am "initial setup"
git push origin master

Update from Skeleton

Add the remote and merge in all changes and removes the old stuff again.

git remote add skeleton
git pull skeleton
git checkout -b skeleton remotes/skeleton/master
git rebase <your_development_branch like master>
git checkout <your_development_branch like master>
git merge --no-ff skeleton
git branch -D skeleton
git remote rm skeleton
git submodule update


Run Application

Go to path "gae" and run .

Run Test Enviroment

Go to path "gae" and run

nosetests-2.5 --with-gae tests/

Run Remote Console

Go to path "gae" and run

python2.5 <app-id>


things we still need to extract and clean up from other projects

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