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Confectionery Connect Is an E-commerce Video Course Marketplace

In this episode of Running in Production, Sean Parsons goes over building an e-commerce video course marketplace to sell Confectionery goods with Django and Python. It’s been running in production since December 2019 and it’s hosted on AWS.

The app has roughly ~100k lines of code and was solo developed part time over about 3 months before shipping an MVP.

Topics Include

  • 3:00 – Modifying an existing e-commerce library called Seleor
  • 7:20 – Figuring out how to pay out instructors fairly based on activity
  • 10:04 – Picking Django, avoiding burnout and splitting the code into ~15 Django apps
  • 20:49 – Celery is being used extensively, along with Celery Beat
  • 25:10 – Stripe as a payment gateway was a natural fit given their subscription model
  • 29:44 – It is a server rendered site with Django templates, except for the video player
  • 35:26 – Turns out using Amazon’s video encoding service is expensive, so Sean uses ffmpeg
  • 38:48 – High level overview about the rest of the tech stack
  • 42:21 – Using Fabric to deploy to a single EC2 instance
  • 45:00 – Going over the deploy process from development to production
  • 50:08 – Benefits of switching to a compute optimized C5n.large EC2 instance
  • 1:00:46 – Handling disasters and unexpected events
  • 1:04:39 – Best tips? Pick the tool you’re the most productive with and ship something
  • 1:07:03 – They’re on Instagram with a new account name of ZenVur
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Jun 08, 2020

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