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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)
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Working with token-based authentication

Now, we will make changes to use token-based authentication to retrieve, update, or delete pilots. Only those users that have a token will be able to make these operations with pilots. Hence, we will setup a specific authentication for pilots. It will still be possible to see the pilot's name rendered in unauthenticated requests.

The token-based authentication requires a new model named Token. Make sure you quit the Django's development server. Remember that you just need to press Ctrl + C in the terminal or command prompt window in which it is running.


Of course, in a production environment, we must make sure that the RESTful Web Service is only available over HTTPS, with the usage of the latest TLS versions. We shouldn't use a token-based authentication over plain HTTP in a production environment.

Open the restful01/restful01/ file that declares module-level variables that define the configuration of Django for the restful01 project....