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Husky Hunter API

The api component of the husky hunter app. It's a simple store of teams and those teams' clues.

A team is created by posting a name to /teams/, which returns a json object containing that same name and an assigned id. A typical use would look something like:

curl -d name=foo "http://husky-hunter-app/teams/"
{"name": "foo", "id": 42535749}

With the given id, you can then query the new team's clues, or create new clues with the /teams/<id>/clues/ and /teams/<id>/clues/<number> endpoints respectively. GETing the first returns the team with the given id's clues as a json array. PUTing to the second with a valid clue json (description to come) as the body creates a clue with the given number for the team with the given id.


This is deployable to Heroku in a similar process to what's described here.

Running Locally

The instructions for deployment to Heroku can be translated into running locally.


  • Python 2.7
  • pip
  • PostgreSQL

It is necessary to have PostgreSQL installed and running locally. On a Mac, you can follow the first section of these instructions.

virtualenv is helpful to isolate this project from others. Set it up in the project directory:

virtualenv --no-site-packages env
source env/bin/activate

Then install Python modules:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Make sure that PostgreSQL is running:

pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres -l /usr/local/var/postgres/server.log start

You'll need to create a user and database:

createuser username
createdb -Ousername -Eutf8 dbname

The URL of this database will be of the format postgres://username@localhost/dbname which you need to set as the DATABASE_URL value:

export DATABASE_URL=postgres://username:password@localhost/dbname

Create tables:


To run the API server, you need to also set a PORT environment variable:

export PORT=8001

Finally, you can run the API server: