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Building RESTful Python Web Services
Building RESTful Python Web Services

Building RESTful Python Web Services: Create web services that are lightweight, maintainable, scalable, and secure using the best tools and techniques designed for Python

By Gaston C. Hillar
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Building RESTful Python Web Services

Chapter 1. Developing RESTful APIs with Django

In this chapter, we will start our journey towards RESTful Web APIs with Python and four different Web frameworks. Python is one of the most popular and versatile programming languages. There are thousands of Python packages, which allow you to extend Python capabilities to any kind of domain you can imagine. We can work with many different Web frameworks and packages to easily build simple and complex RESTful Web APIs with Python, and we can also combine these frameworks with other Python packages.

We can leverage our existing knowledge of Python and its packages to code the different pieces of our RESTful Web APIs and their ecosystem. We can use the object-oriented features to create code that is easier to maintain, understand, and reuse. We can use all the packages that we already know to interact with databases, Web services, and different APIs. Python makes it easy for us to create RESTful Web APIs. We don't need to learn another programming language; we can use the one we already know and love.

In this chapter, we will start working with Django and Django REST Framework, and we will create a RESTful Web API that performs CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations on a simple SQLite database. We will:

  • Design a RESTful API to interact with a simple SQLite database

  • Understand the tasks performed by each HTTP method

  • Set up the virtual environment with Django REST framework

  • Create the database models

  • Manage serialization and deserialization of data

  • Write API views

  • Make HTTP requests to the API with command-line tools

  • Work with GUI tools to compose and send HTTP requests

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Key benefits

  • Develop RESTful Web Services using the most popular frameworks in Python
  • Configure and fine-tune your APIs using the best tools and techniques available
  • This practical guide will help you to implement complete REST-based APIs from scratch

Description

Python is the language of choice for millions of developers worldwide, due to its gentle learning curve as well as its vast applications in day-to-day programming. It serves the purpose of building great web services in the RESTful architecture. This book will show you the best tools you can use to build your own web services. Learn how to develop RESTful APIs using the popular Python frameworks and all the necessary stacks with Python, Django, Flask, and Tornado, combined with related libraries and tools. We will dive deep into each of these frameworks to build various web services, and will provide use cases and best practices on when to use a particular framework to get the best results. We will show you everything required to successfully develop RESTful APIs with the four frameworks such as request handling, URL mapping, serialization, validation, authentication, authorization, versioning, ORMs, databases, custom code for models and views, and asynchronous callbacks. At the end of each framework, we will add authentication and security to the RESTful APIs and prepare tests for it. By the end of the book, you will have a deep understanding of the stacks needed to build RESTful web services.

What you will learn

[*] Develop complex RESTful APIs from scratch with Python combined with and without data sources [*] Choose the most appropriate (micro) framework based on the specific requirements of a RESTful API / web service [*] Debug, test, and profile RESTful APIs with each of the frameworks [*] Develop a complex RESTful API that interacts with a PostgreSQL database [*] Add authentication and permissions to a RESTful API built in each of the frameworks [*] Map URL patterns to request handlers and check how the API works [*] Profile an existing API and refactor it to take advantage of asynchronous code

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18 Chapters
Building RESTful Python Web Services Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
Credits Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
About the Author Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
Acknowledgments Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
About the Reviewer Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
www.PacktPub.com Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
Preface Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
1. Developing RESTful APIs with Django Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
2. Working with Class-Based Views and Hyperlinked APIs in Django Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
3. Improving and Adding Authentication to an API With Django Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
4. Throttling, Filtering, Testing, and Deploying an API with Django Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
5. Developing RESTful APIs with Flask Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
6. Working with Models, SQLAlchemy, and Hyperlinked APIs in Flask Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
7. Improving and Adding Authentication to an API with Flask Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
8. Testing and Deploying an API with Flask Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
9. Developing RESTful APIs with Tornado Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
10. Working with Asynchronous Code, Testing, and Deploying an API with Tornado Chevron down icon Chevron up icon
11. Exercise Answers Chevron down icon Chevron up icon

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