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Web app to list spark rooms you are a part of
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This application is designed as a basic introduction to Flask, Bootstrap, and Cisco Spark API's. You will be building a
small website that looks like this:

Getting Started

The code in this repository is a starting point for the application.

  1. Fork this repo
  2. Clone the repo to your development machine.
  3. Create a virutalenv and install requirements
cd spark-room-viewer
virtualenv venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
  1. Add SPARK_URL and SPARK_TOKEN to your local environment. You can get your spark token at
    export SPARK_URL=
  2. Start the main application


At this point you should have a basic webserver up and running at

Lab Instructions

Once our basic website is up, let's start adding additional functionality, as well as making it prettier!!

Introduction to Flask

Flask is a microframework for web development in Python. A simple webserver application
can be defined as simply as:

from flask import Flask
app = Flask(__name__)

def hello():
    return "Hello World!"

if __name__ == "__main__":

For our application we will be building upon this framework.

Introduction to Jinja templating

Jinja is a templating engine for python and allows us several key features. Flask uses Jinja as the default templating engine
when generating html pages that are returned to the user. A working knowledge of Jinja is useful in other environments such as

Jinja features include:

  • Dynamic content generation
  • Template inheritence - maximize code re-use, and providing consistent layout across multiple pages

For more information see here

Extending an existing template for a new page

For this lab exercise, a base template has been provided in base.html we will use this to make our landing page
a little bit sexier! The base template also includes all of the CSS / Javascript you will need for the remainder of this

  1. Create a new file in the templates directory called index.html and add the following code to it
{% extends 'base.html' %}

{% block body %}
{{ text }}
{% endblock %}

This is creating a new page, based off of base.html, whose body will contain the context data text which will be passed
to the template upon rendering.

  1. Modify the URL route to use the template.

Change the following lines:

def hello():
    return "Hello World!"


def hello():
    return render_template('index.html', text="Hello World!")
  1. Refresh the page. you should now see a "jumbotron" box at the top of the page, containing some additional information
    about the app we are building.

  2. Explore the base.html template to see where the magic comes from.

Introduction to Spark API's

The Spark Developers site is a great resource for exploring the Spark API's.
For our application we are intersted in getting a list of spark rooms.

Lab Exercise 1

For this excercise, you will complete the get_rooms function such that it contacts the Spark API, and returns a list of
rooms. To test your code, simply press the refresh button on the rooms web page.

Lab Exercise 2

Add a column in the web page that will display when the last activity in the room was

Lab Exercise 3

Add another column that will display the number of members in each room.

Bonus Exercise

Make the table sortable by any of the columns

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