Posts Tagged ‘pretty’

pretty JSON output with Flask-RESTful

March 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Flask-RESTful is an awesome way to write REST APIs. In debug mode, its output is nicely indented, easy to read. However, in production mode the JSON is compressed and hard to read.

If debug is False, how to have a nicely formatted output?


from flask import Flask
from flask_restful import Api

app = Flask(__name__)
api = Api(app)

if production:
    print("# running in production mode")
    HOST = ''
    DEBUG = False
    # START: temporary help for the UI developers, remove later
    settings = app.config.get('RESTFUL_JSON', {})
    settings.setdefault('indent', 2)
    settings.setdefault('sort_keys', True)
    app.config['RESTFUL_JSON'] = settings
    # END
    print("# running in development mode")
    DEBUG = True

# ...

if __name__ == '__main__':, host=HOST, port=1234)

Note that here I use the development server shipped with Flask, which is not suitable for real production. So this solution is between development and production.

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Pretty print an integer

September 24, 2010 2 comments

Exercise: Take an integer and print it in a pretty way, i.e. use commas as thousands separators. Example: 1977 should be 1,977.


#!/usr/bin/env python

def numberToPrettyString(n):
    """Converts a number to a nicely formatted string.
       Example: 6874 => '6,874'."""
    l = []
    for i, c in enumerate(str(n)[::-1]):
        if i%3==0 and i!=0:
            l += ','
        l += c
    return "".join(l[::-1])

if __name__ == "__main__":
    number = 6874
    print numberToPrettyString(number)   # '6,874'

The idea is simple. Consider the number 1977. Convert it to string ("1977") and reverse it ("7791"). Start processing it from left to right and after every third character add a comma: "7" -> "77" -> "779," (comma added) -> "779,1". Now reverse the string ("1,977"). Done.


Update (20131125)
There is an easier way. You can do it with string formatting too:

>>> n = 1977
>>> "{:,}".format(n)

Thanks to KrisztiƔn B. for the tip.

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