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Python API Development Fundamentals

By : Jack Chan, Ray Chung, Jack Huang
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Python API Development Fundamentals

By: Jack Chan, Ray Chung, Jack Huang

Overview of this book

Python is a flexible language that can be used for much more than just script development. By knowing the Python RESTful APIs work, you can build a powerful backend for web applications and mobile applications using Python. You'll take your first steps by building a simple API and learning how the frontend web interface can communicate with the backend. You'll also learn how to serialize and deserialize objects using the marshmallow library. Then, you'll learn how to authenticate and authorize users using Flask-JWT. You'll also learn how to enhance your APIs by adding useful features, such as email, image upload, searching, and pagination. You'll wrap up the whole book by deploying your APIs to the cloud. By the end of this book, you'll have the confidence and skill to leverage the power of RESTful APIs and Python to build efficient web applications.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

The Heroku Platform

Heroku is a popular PaaS. We can deploy our APIs there so that they can be accessed by anyone in the world. And it doesn't just support Python, but also other programming languages, including Ruby and Go.

Heroku provides a free plan for developers to deploy and test their applications there. Certainly, they do have paid plans as well, and with many more powerful functions that can make our APIs more secure and efficient. Later on, if you need these powerful features and system resources for your application, you can consider that. But right now, for teaching purposes, a free plan is good enough.


Apart from Heroku, there are other cloud service providers. Some of the market leaders in cloud services are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud.