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Getting Started with Python + Astra DB

This sample Python backend provides a REST API service that is used with the Getting Started with Astra UI to show a simple example of how to connect to and query DataStax Astra DBs.

50 minutesIntermediate

Updated March 25, 2022


Getting Started with Apache Cassandra™ and Python using DataStax Astra DB

50 minutes, Intermediate, Start Building

This sample Python backend provides a REST API service that is used with the Getting Started with Astra UI to show a simple example of how to connect to and query DataStax Astra DBs.

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Running on your local machine

If you are familiar with Python, then you've likely gotten your hands on Python virtual environments. We'll be leveraging pyenv while setting up this backend, which will serve our Spacecraft frontend that will have you flying through the stars.

If you aren't familiar with Python, hop over to our official documentation for setting that up on your machine, and come back here after you have it installed ( specifically after Step 5 of the Procedure ).

Now that we have that out of the way, we'll use pyenv to install Python 3.6.9

pyenv install 3.6.9

Next create a new virtualenv using that Python version we just installed.

pyenv virtualenv 3.6.9 astra-venv

Almost off to the races, go ahead and activate that virtualenv

pyenv activate astra-venv

Woot, now 3 quick dependencies ( Flask, Flask CORS, and the DataStax Cassandra Driver )

pip install Flask flask-cors cassandra-driver

Last one, clone this repo

git clone https://github.com/DataStax-Examples
/getting-started-with-astra-python.git

If everything above went smoothly, fingers crossed, then we are ready to rock. Go to the directory that you just cloned this repo into

cd getting-started-with-astra-python

Fire up the engines

FLASK_ENV=development FLASK_APP=getting_started_with_astra.py flask run

You should be met with the following output, note that it's running on localhost and port 5000

 * Serving Flask app "getting_started_with_astra.py" (lazy loading)
 * Environment: development
 * Debug mode: on
 * Running on http://127.0.0.1:5000/ (Press CTRL+C to quit)
 * Restarting with stat
 * Debugger is active!
 * Debugger PIN: 204-527-831

Once the backend is running, you can start the Getting Started with Astra UI in order to use a web page that leverages this backend.

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