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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)
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Writing unit tests for a RESTful Web Service

Now, we will write our first round of unit tests related to the drone category class based views: DroneCategoryList and DroneCategoryDetail. Open the existing restful01/drones/ file and replace the existing code with the following lines that declare many import statements and the DroneCategoryTests class. The code file for the sample is included in the hillar_django_restful_10_01 folder in the restful01/drones/ file:

from django.utils.http import urlencode 
from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse 
from rest_framework import status 
from rest_framework.test import APITestCase 
from drones.models import DroneCategory 
from drones import views 
class DroneCategoryTests(APITestCase): 
    def post_drone_category(self, name): 
        url = reverse( 
        data = {'name': name} 
        response =, data, format='json') 
        return response 
    def test_post_and_get_drone_category...