Getting Ready to Start Coding

This workshop uses Python 3.6 which you should install based on the instructions for your system. We will create a Django project using Django 2.0 inside of a virtual environment.

To get started create a virtual environment with Python and activate it:

> python -m venv time_api_venv

The virtual environment should have activated automatically. To activate it again in the future you need to source the activate script.

> source time_api_venv/bin/activate

Now, install the latest version of Django with pip.

(time_api_venv)> pip install -U django

Once you have Django installed it’s time to start our project. We’ll be building a simple API for checking the current time. Let’s call the project “time_api”.

(time_api_venv)> django-admin startproject time_api

It’s good practice at this point to add a .gitignore file. Let’s make sure that we don’t commit our virtual environment, our database or any compiled Python files.

Add this to a file called .gitignore in the root of your Django project:


It’s time to initialise your git repository, and add our project files.

(time_api_venv)> git init
(time_api_venv)> git add .
(time_api_venv)> git commit -m "⚡️ Initial commit to our Time API"

Great. You can now move on the to the next step where we will walk through the creation of our Time API.