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Websites are a crucial part of building an identity for your business. Business development is largely defined by the reputation and relatability of your brand, which websites can provide. 

But with dozens of development tools available to you with strikingly similar purposes, you have to be strategic about how exactly you go about developing a website. If you’re looking for something small and lightweight that can still meet your development needs, Flask might be what you’re looking for. 

What Is Flask?

Flask is a web framework written in Python and first released in 2010 by Armin Ronacher. Categorically, Flask is defined as a microframework. This signifies that Flask doesn’t have tools or libraries that it comes equipped with at installation. 

In building a website with Flask, you can start small with a core structure, and then evolve based on your own creativity. For developers, this gives them the flexibility to keep it simple or add on complexity as clients wish. 

Intentionally, Flask doesn’t have default database abstraction or form validation, the intention being that third-party libraries can provide that functionality. As a result, Flask can keep things ‘micro’ while you add “one drop at a time”. 

Some direct influences of Flask are Werkzeug and Jinja, a web application library and web template engine respectively. Though Flask was originally built to be a wrapper for these tools, it is now one of the most popular Python web development frameworks.

Ironically, Flask was developed as an April Fool’s joke credited to Pocoo, a group of Python enthusiasts of which Ronacher takes part. 

These open-source origins mean Flask has a small but devoted community committed to improving Flask for the better. 

What Is a Flask Developer?

Flask is a Python-based web framework. Thus, those who use Flask are likely back-end web developers who primarily use Python. 

These developers should complement web development on the client-side or otherwise front-end developers who use web technologies like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML.

In contrast, Flask developers work on the server-side. 

Why Use Flask?

Flask’s fiercest competitor is Django. Django is a full-stack web framework. But its features are best suited for large and complex web applications. 

While Flask and Django are often rooted against each other, the real question you should be asking yourself is, “What web framework is best for my business?”

If you want to stick with Python, then there are a few reasons Flask would fit you well, especially when compared to Django. 

First and foremost, Flask is considered to be more ‘Pythonic’ than its more complex competitor, Django. Defining the term is difficult but essentially this means that coding in Flask closely mirrors Python’s core philosophy – something only practiced Python developers can really recognize.

Although there are many ways to complete a task whilst programming in Python, there’s an only one-way veteran and/or dedicated Python developers who would do such a task. Flask is most accommodating to this preference. 

On a more technical note, Flask is simply easier to learn than Django. Those with a background in Python can start building applications in Flask in only a couple of hours. The learning curve of Django is far steeper. 

Naturally, this makes sense as Django is more complex. But Flask’s simplicity give its a distinct advantage. That is rapid development, allowing developers to create small apps in short time frames.  

Advantages of Using Flask

Flask doesn’t need to be compared to Django for you to see its advantages. Even on its own, Flask can be quite beneficial for your business. Remember these advantages as you choose the framework you’ll be using for your next project.

Flexibility

There are a few ways in which Flask is flexible. The first is clear from its design. The official mantra of the framework “one drop at a time” denotes that Flask is made for developers who prefer to start simple and build up. 

Because of this, Flask is ORM-agnostic. ORM stands for object-relational mapping which involves writing queries using the object-orienting programming paradigm. This technique is implemented using ORM libraries. 

Since Flask is made to give you ultimate control, you can choose any ORM you like. 

Customizability

In the same vein, Flask is arguably more customizable than other popular web frameworks. Again, the reason for this is Flask’s emphasis on starting from a core structure. Based on this structure, you can add on particular tools and libraries as you wish. 

Documentation

Flask is known for having comprehensive and clear documentation littered with examples for eager users to follow. There are even sample applications you can try out!

Simplicity

Once more, Flask is simple. This makes it especially efficient for developing simple apps with static content. This type of content is less interactive than dynamic content but can be delivered to the user without interacting with the browser, speeding up page loading speeds. 

Companies That Use Flask

  • Pinterest
  • Netflix
  • LinkedIn
  • Reddit 
  • Lyft
  • Trivago

Reasons to Hire a Flask Developer

As stated, building a website or web application could very well be vital to your business’s growth. It’s important to make sure potential customers are drawn to your web presence. 

That said, building websites is not an easy task. And you must make sure that you choose the right tools to get it done. If starting simple seems right for you, Flask is a good option. 

However, to use Flask to its best potential you’ll need to have Flask developers on your side. 

Hire a Flask Developer

Flask is very popular and many Python developers flock to the framework. In January 2020, Flask had more GitHub stars than any other Python framework.

In other words, as long as Flask stays relevant, you will have a large pool of talent to pick from in choosing your next developers. Here are some guidelines for hiring a Flask developer. 

How do you hire a Flask developer?

For those who wish to take the high road and hire Flask developers on your own, we’re still here to help. 

Hiring a developer on your own is a very focused and hands-on process that requires considerable knowledge about software development in general.

The last thing you want to do is trust your hiring process to someone with no technical ability. If you are a non-technical manager looking to learn a thing or two, we have a great resource here for you to learn more about the hiring process in detail

Otherwise, we’d recommend you contact Trio for consulting and developer allocation.

What should you look for in a Flask developer?

Flask developers at a high level should have the following skills:

  • Prior exposure to programming in Flask
  • Familiarity with Flask-WTF and its features
  • Professional back-end web development experience
  • Well-acquainted with ORM as a concept and the related libraries
  • Expertise in navigating external libraries that may be necessary for development with Flask

How much do developers cost in the U.S.?

The average Flask developer in the United States will make $103, 992 a year according to ZipRecruiter data. Flask developer salaries overall range from $54,500 to $159,000 in the United States. 

How much do developers cost in South America? 

Due to economic differences between the United States and South America as a whole, the cost of offshoring software development is significantly lower than hiring full-time with U.S talent. For Senior Flask Developers in South America, the average salary is currently around $100,000 whereas a mid-level developer costs around $76,000. 

How much do developers cost in Ukraine / Eastern Europe?

Eastern Europe shares very similar rates to South America, again due to the economic differences. When looking at salaries in Eastern Europe, data shows that a Senior Flask Developer costs around $100,000 on average. 

Hourly Rates for Developers

Another way to look at developer costs is through hourly rates. While salaries are good to understand for hiring developers for full-time and long-term, you might just need a developer for a period of 3-6 months or 6-12 months. In these types of situations, it’s best to calculate your costs based on the hourly rates of a developer. 

Below is a table that lists the various hourly rates of developers in different locations based on their job title. 

Why Hire a Flask Developer?

Trio Flask developers are pre-vetted, interviewed, and then trained further to become true software professionals, capable of adapting to situations that are both within and outside of the scope of their general expertise. 

At Trio, we hold our developers to a higher standard. Much like how elite special forces units recruit only the best from main branches of the military, we recruit developers who either show amazing potential or demonstrate exceptional skill. We then take their talents and sharpen them even further.

Another benefit of hiring a Trio developer is that you won’t incur the costs of hiring, which can add up to be around 30% of a developer’s salary on average, as well as overhead costs associated with full-time employment.

By working with Trio, you can enjoy a highly experienced full-time developer for a fraction of the cost, along with the added project management assistance. 

To learn more, tell us about your project and we’ll get you started.

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Is Flask dead?

Although Django has a larger community than Flask, judging by Flask’s GitHub ratings, Flask is certainly not dead. The Pocoo community, for one, – bearing some responsibility for Flask’s creation – continue to be avid fans of the framework.

What is pocoo?

Pocoo is a group of open-source developers who work on Python projects that often become very popular. A few examples of their work are the web framework Flask, the template engine Jinja, and the Werkzeug WSGI library. Find out more about them here.

What can I make with Flask?

Though a business website might be your go-to, there are a variety of things you can do with Flask. Some ideas for web applications that you can make with the Flask framework include social networks, a blog, wiki, or even a calendar system.

Does Flask offer support?

When you’re having trouble programming or trouble with the framework in general, there are a couple of avenues you can seek out for support, including a convenient Discord channel. Flask is open-source, so the community is happy to give their support.

How was Flask an april fool’s joke?

Flask was invented as an April’s Fool’s joke. It was originally called the Denied Framework and made to make fun of developers’ love of microframeworks. It soon became clear how much developers really did appreciate the convenience of a framework that comes in a single file with no dependencies.

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