Episode 85

Teaching the Basics with Requests


February 16th, 2022

43 mins 28 secs

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About this Episode

Most people think of Requests as an intermediate or advanced area of Python, but what happens when we turn it loose on beginner programmers? Spoiler - lots of learning and surprises!

Requests is a popular Python library for making HTTP requests in a simplified, elegant way. As the one of the top 10 most downloaded packages on PyPI.org, it's used across Python to interact with web APIs, scrape websites, post webhooks, and more.

In this episode, Kelly and Sean talk about different lesson plans, approaches, and examples using the Requests library in a teaching environment.

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