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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


In this chapter, we defined the requirements for a complex RESTful Web Service in which we needed to work with drone categories, drones, pilots, and competitions. We created a new app with Django and configured the new web service.

We defined many-to-one relationships between the models with models.ForeignKey. We configured Django to work with a PostgreSQL database. We executed migrations that generated tables with relationships between them. We analyzed the generated database and we configured serialization and deserialization for the models. We declared two serializers for a single model to understand the flexibility we have with Django and the Django REST framework.

We defined hyperlinks with the help of the HyperlinkedModelSerializer class and we worked with class-based views. In this case, we took advantage of generic classes and generic views that generalize and mix predefined behaviors. We worked with routings and endpoints and we prepared our RESTful Web Service to work with...