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Bootstrapping your next project with Bootstrap.

Bootstrap is a nice little web app starter framework released by the kind folks at Twitter. I'm not sure why they did it but I suppose that does not matter much. It's nice, open, and fun.

For the purpose of this bootstrap project, which I'm calling freestrap, I'm going to select some technology that I previously installed in a recent article. The stack will be:

  • python

  • tornadoweb or maybe flask

  • beanstalkd

  • bootstrap and it's deps

  • modern-package-template

  • mustache

I was going to implement a database layer too but I think that will be postponed until the next project is fully realized.

  1. At this point everything is already installed.

  2. You need to navigate to your project directory.  I like to create a git or hg folder immediately in my home.

    1. cd ${HOME}

    2. mkdir -p hg

  3. then you'll need to create the project folder ('freestrap') with the modern packager.

    1. cd ${HOME}/hg

    2. paster create -t modern_package freestrap

  4. And you can run the application by typing

  5. if you execute the 'tree' command you should see something like this.

(currentenv)rbucker@soldev:~/hg/flafreeit/freestrap$ tree
├── buildout.cfg
├── HACKING.txt
├── NEWS.txt
├── README.rst
└── src
├── freestrap
│   └──
└── freestrap.egg-info
├── dependency_links.txt
├── entry_points.txt
├── not-zip-safe
├── SOURCES.txt
└── top_level.txt

3 directories, 14 files

That's it for the bulk installation. Now I'll integrate flask, mustache and bootstrap.

  • create src/freestrap/ with the following code.

from flask import Flask
app = Flask(__name__)
def hello():
return "Hello World!"
def main():

  • update src/freestrap/ to look like this

# Example package with a console entry point
from freestrap import hello
def main():

now install the package and rerun the app:

  • python ./ install

  • freestrap

You'll see that the web server is running on If you're like, however, you won't be able to load the test page because it's a remote server that needs to connect to So change the last line in to:

  •'', port=5000,)

and with the next restart you'll be able to point your browser to this app. Of course you always tunnel.
ssh -L 5000:localhost:5000

and then put http://localhost:5000


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