Need advice on creating a web app using scraped XML data


I am a student new to development and am building a web app that will serve up collected research data to a dashboard (thinking bootstrap or angular). We have scraped this data in XML form (although JSON is also an option). Is this possible to do with digitalocean? If so do I need a droplet to host the app and a database?

The information will be updated periodically and is mainly quantitative and organized in tables. Originally I was planning on parsing it with python before feeding it to a PostgreSQL database that would be referenced by the bootstrap/angular front end using PHP although I don’t know if that is best practice. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Bobby Iliev
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July 2, 2020
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Hi there @waakeem,

Yes hosting this on a Droplet would not be a problem at all. Here are some step by step tutorials which would help you along the way:

  • You can take a look at the documentation here on how to get started with your first Droplet:

  • Then once you have your Droplet you could do the recommended initial setup as described here:

  • After here is a tutorial on how to install PostgreSQL:

  • Also you mentioned Python, so here is a tutorial on how to install it on your Droplet:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby

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