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Building SPAs with Django and HTML Over the Wire

By : Andros Fenollosa
Book Image

Building SPAs with Django and HTML Over the Wire

By: Andros Fenollosa

Overview of this book

The HTML over WebSockets approach simplifies single-page application (SPA) development and lets you bypass learning a JavaScript rendering framework such as React, Vue, or Angular, moving the logic to Python. This web application development book provides you with all the Django tools you need to simplify your developments with real-time results. You’ll learn state-of-the-art WebSocket techniques to realize real-time applications with minimal reliance on JavaScript. This book will also show you how to create a project with Docker from the ground up, test it, and deploy it on a server. You’ll learn how to create a project, add Docker, and discover development libraries, Django channels, and bidirectional communication, and from then, on you’ll create real projects of all kinds using HTML over WebSockets as a chat app or a blog with real-time comments. In addition, you’ll modernize your development techniques by moving from using an SSR model to creating web pages using WebSockets over HTML. With Django, you’ll be able to create SPAs with professional real-time projects where the logic is in Python. By the end of this Django book, you’ll be able to build real-time applications, as well as gaining a solid understanding of WebSockets with Django.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Started with Python
Part 2: WebSockets in Django
Part 3: HTML over WebSockets
Part 4: Simplifying the frontend with Stimulus

Technical requirements

We will build on all the accumulated knowledge from the previous chapters. If you want to start with a template, you can use the following structure, which I will use for future projects:

Inside you will find a sample project that is already prepared with different points that we have touched upon in the previous chapters:

  • Integration with Docker
  • Minimum structure for working with Channels
  • Connection to the database with PostgreSQL
  • An HTML home page
  • A minimal JavaScript file that connects to Channels

For this project, I created a fork of the template and made some minor changes. You can use either of the two templates, although I recommend the fork for simple aesthetics. You can download it from here: