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Django RESTful Web Services

By : Gaston C. Hillar
Book Image

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

Understanding the possibility of rendering text/HTML content

In Chapter 4, Using Generalized Behavior from the APIView Class, we made many changes to make it possible for the simple RESTful Web Service to work with a content negotiation class and provide many content renderers. We used the default configuration for the Django REST framework that includes a renderer that produces text/html content.

The rest_framework.response.BrowsableAPIRenderer class is responsible for rendering the text/html content. This class makes it possible for us to browse the API. The Django REST framework includes a feature that generates an interactive and human-friendly HTML output for the different resources when the request specifies text/html as the value for the Content-Type key in the request header. This feature is known as the browsable API because it enables us to use a web browser to navigate through the API and easily make different types of HTTP requests.


The browsable API feature is extremely useful...