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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

Defining the requirements for our first RESTful Web Service

Imagine a team of developers working on a mobile app for iOS and Android and requires a RESTful Web Service to perform CRUD operations with toys. We definitely don't want to use a mock web service and we don't want to spend time choosing and configuring an ORM (short for Object-Relational Mapping). We want to quickly build a RESTful Web Service and have it ready as soon as possible to start interacting with it in the mobile app.

We really want the toys to persist in a database but we don't need it to be production-ready. Therefore, we can use the simplest possible relational database, as long as we don't have to spend time performing complex installations or configurations.

Django REST framework, also known as DRF, will allow us to easily accomplish this task and start making HTTP requests to the first version of our RESTful Web Service. In this case, we will work with a very simple SQLite database, the default database for a new...