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Web Development with Django

By : Ben Shaw, Saurabh Badhwar, Andrew Bird, Bharath Chandra K S, Chris Guest
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Web Development with Django

By: Ben Shaw, Saurabh Badhwar, Andrew Bird, Bharath Chandra K S, Chris Guest

Overview of this book

Do you want to develop reliable and secure applications which stand out from the crowd, rather than spending hours on boilerplate code? Then the Django framework is where you should begin. Often referred to as a 'batteries included' web development framework, Django comes with all the core features needed to build a standalone application. Web Development with Django takes this philosophy and equips you with the knowledge and confidence to build real-world applications using Python. Starting with the essential concepts of Django, you'll cover its major features by building a website called Bookr – a repository for book reviews. This end-to-end case study is split into a series of bitesize projects that are presented as exercises and activities, allowing you to challenge yourself in an enjoyable and attainable way. As you progress, you'll learn various practical skills, including how to serve static files to add CSS, JavaScript, and images to your application, how to implement forms to accept user input, and how to manage sessions to ensure a reliable user experience. Throughout this book, you'll cover key daily tasks that are part of the development cycle of a real-world web application. By the end of this book, you'll have the skills and confidence to creatively tackle your own ambitious projects with Django.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)


In the preceding chapters, we have focused upon building our web application in Django by writing different components such as database models, views, and templates. We did all that to provide our users with an interactive application where they can create a profile and write reviews for the books they have read.

Apart from building and running the application, there is another important aspect of making sure that the application code works the way we expect it to work. This is ensured by a technique called testing. In testing, we run the different parts of the web application and check whether the output of the executed component matches the output we expected. If the output matches, we can say that the component was tested successfully, and if the output does not match, we say that the component failed to work as intended.

In this chapter, as we go through the different sections, we will learn why testing is important, what the different ways to test a web application...