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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)

What is Flask-RESTful?

Flask-RESTful is a Flask extension that allows us to quickly develop RESTful APIs. Compared to the built-in wrapper, @app.route('/'), which we discussed in the previous chapter, Flask-RESTful allows us to maintain and structure the API endpoints in a much better and easier way.

In this chapter, we will develop our project using this Flask extension so that you will see how we can structure our endpoints.

Using Flask-RESTful to Develop Our Recipe-Sharing Platform, "Smilecook"

In this book, we are going to develop a recipe-sharing platform called Smilecook. Beginning with this chapter, we will start adding functions to it. We believe this approach will help you learn about the key concepts and skills you will need so that you can develop this application and help it reach its full potential, while at the same time helping you understand the entire development workflow.

First, we will build the basic CRUD functions of the recipes...