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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

Launching Django's development server

Now, we can launch Django's development server to compose and send HTTP requests to our unsecured web service. Remember that we will add security later.

Execute the following command in a Linux or macOS Terminal, or in the Windows Command Prompt or Powershell that has our previously created virtual environment activated. Make sure you are in the restful01 folder within the virtual environment's main folder:

python runserver

The following lines show the output after we execute the previous command. The development server is listening at port 8000:

Performing system checks...System check identified no issues (0 silenced).October 09, 2017 - 18:42:30Django version 1.11.5, using settings 'restful01.settings'Starting development server at the server with CTRL-BREAK.

With the previous command, we will start the Django development server and we will only be able to access it on our development computer. The previous command starts...