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Django RESTful Web Services

By : Gaston C. Hillar
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Django RESTful Web Services

By: Gaston C. Hillar

Overview of this book

Django is a Python web framework that makes the web development process very easy. It reduces the amount of trivial code, which simplifies the creation of web applications and results in faster development. It is very powerful and a great choice for creating RESTful web services. If you are a Python developer and want to efficiently create RESTful web services with Django for your apps, then this is the right book for you. The book starts off by showing you how to install and configure the environment, required software, and tools to create RESTful web services with Django and the Django REST framework. We then move on to working with advanced serialization and migrations to interact with SQLite and non-SQL data sources. We will use the features included in the Django REST framework to improve our simple web service. Further, we will create API views to process diverse HTTP requests on objects, go through relationships and hyperlinked API management, and then discover the necessary steps to include security and permissions related to data models and APIs. We will also apply throttling rules and run tests to check that versioning works as expected. Next we will run automated tests to improve code coverage. By the end of the book, you will be able to build RESTful web services with Django.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author


In this chapter, we learned the advantages of working with lightweight virtual environments in Python and we set up a virtual environment with Django and Django REST framework. We created an app with Django, we took a first look at the Django folders, files, and configurations, and we made the necessary changes to activate Django REST framework.

Then, we introduced and installed command-line and GUI tools that we will use to interact with the RESTful Web Services that we will design, code, test, and run in the forthcoming chapters.

Now that we have our environment ready to start working with Django REST framework, we will define the requirements for our first RESTful Web Service and we will work with models, migrations, serialization, and deserialization, which are the topics that we are going to discuss in the next chapter.