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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

Making requests that interact with resources that have relationships

Now, we will use the HTTP command or its curl equivalents to compose and send HTTP requests to the recently coded RESTful Web Service that allows us to work with drone categories, drones, pilots, and competitions. We will use JSON for the requests that require additional data. Remember that you can perform the same tasks with your favorite GUI- based tool or with the browsable API.

Launch Django's development server to compose and send HTTP requests to our new unsecure Web service. We will definitely add security later. In case you don't remember how to start Django's development server, check the instructions in Chapter 3, Creating API Views, in the Launching Django's development server section.

First, we will compose and send an HTTP POST request to create a new drone category:

http POST :8000/drone-categories/ name="Quadcopter"

The following is the equivalent curl command:

curl -iX POST -H "Content-Type: application/json...