A few months ago I started my journey to build my first web app, Rental Tensor (excuse the horrible name 😎). As a trained statistician disguised as a Techy Data Scientist I love playing with a mix of code and data, but felt like it was difficult to create anything really useful without some sort of web backbone to host or serve my projects. As the old proverb says: “a great model stuck on your hard drive is just some code”. While I am familiar with Shiny which can be used to serve models to real users via a web format (without leaving R!), I felt like it was time for me to learn how to host a more robust and flexible service.
Learning Django (enough to put together somethnig somewhat functional) consisted of me following allong three totorials: the classic Django Polls tutorial, the