In this chapter, we will be connecting our chat application to a web service written using the flask microframework. We will learn how to write a small flask application that handles HTTP requests and updates a sqlite database in the process. We will then take advantage of the requests module to allow for easy communication between a graphical application and a web service.
In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:
- Using the flask module to create a web service
- Handling both GET and POST requests in flask
- Using a sqlite database for persistent storage
- Making HTTP requests using the requests module
Let's begin by having a look at flask. We'll take a tour of what it is and how it works ...