Build a Backend REST API with Python & Django - Beginner

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Language
English
Duration
5 hours course
Course by Udemy
$ 129.99
$ 129.99
What will you learn?
How to create the most important part of any user application
How to confidently use some of the most in-demand full stack technologies today
How to create a local development server from scratch
How to create a brand new Django project with sqlite database
How to build your own browsable, self documenting REST API
Handle user registration, login, and status updates in your app with your very own REST API
About the course

Welcome to the beginner course on How to Build a REST API from scratch, using Django, Django REST Framework, Python, Vagrant, VirtualBox, Atom, and ModHeaders. You'll also learn how to deploy your dev server to AWS!
This course is made with Django 2.2 and Django REST Framework 3.9.
The skills taught in this course are absolutely essential for creating successful products that users love and can’t live without.
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, you name it. These apps all have their own backend REST APIs that handle millions of call requests everyday. You cannot build a successful app without a backend REST API.
Not only is it essential to whatever app or MVP you are building the skills you learn in this course will make you a kickass developer in the workplace.
If you’re a front-end developer and you take this course, you’ll be able to “speak backend” with your colleagues and understand what’s going on “under the hood” of all your projects, increasing your confidence and earning the respect of your peers.
If you’re a newbie developer or just starting out in your career, this course will give you a very practical foundation to building your portfolio and increasing your earning potential.
In this course you will learn the best-practice way of building your very own REST API.
You will learn how to create a local development server and test your code each step of the way.
Whether you’re looking to gain a bit of experience with backend development, or you’re looking to create a REST API to turn your app idea into a reality - then this course is for you.
By the end of this course you will have built a fully functioning REST API that can handle:

  • Creating and updating user profiles.
  • Login and authentication.
  • Posting status updates.
  • Viewing status update feeds.

You’ll also have a solid foundation to understanding one of the most complex components in software development.

Program
Course introduction
To understand what the course is about and how to take it.
Course structure
In this lesson I'll break down each section of the course for a high-level overview of what you'll learn.
Technologies
To build our REST API we are going to use Vagrant, VirtualBox, Atom, Python, Git, Django and Django REST Framework. In this lesson I explain how these will work together to create our REST API.
Vagrant vs. Docker
In this lesson I'll briefly go over the differences between Docker and Vagrant, and WHYwe'll be using Vagrant in this course.
How to get the most out of this course
In this lesson I explain the teaching style and how best to take this course.
How to get help
This lesson outlines the process you should use to get help from me, the instructor, in this course.
Setting up your development environment
Windows: Installing Git, VirtualBox, Vagrant, Atom and ModHeader
In this lesson Ishow you how to install all of the applications required for this course using Windows. If you already have these tools installed or you know how to install them yourself then feel free to skip this lesson. Just make sure you have Vagrant, VirtualBox, Atom, Git-SCM and ModHeader (a chrome extension) installed. You can find the links to each one in the resources.
macOS: Installing Git, VirtualBox, Vagrant, Atom and ModHeader
In this lesson I show you how to install all of the applications required for this course using macOS. If you already have these tools installed or you know how to install them yourself then feel free to skip this lesson. Just make sure you have Vagrant, VirtualBox, Atom, Git-SCM and ModHeader (a chrome extension) installed. You can find the links to each one in the resources.
Setting up your project
Creating a workspace
In this lesson I'll explain how to create a local workspace where we will be storing all the code for our API.
Creating a Git project
In this lesson I'll show you how to create a README file for our project and initialise a new Git repository. I'll also show you how to make our first Git commit (something we'll be doing lots of throughout the course).Update: The official GitHub Python .gitignore file is missing `.vagrant` from the list of ignored files. I've since updated this link to point to an extended version of the original Python.gitignore file which includes this extra item as well as `.sqlite3`. This makes Git ignore the temporary vagrant files and database which would typically be excluded from the git repository. (Thanks Keith for pointing this out!).
Requirements
  • A basic level of experience in any programming language.
  • Familiarity with simple command line tools like command prompt or terminal.
  • Access to a computer running either Windows 10 or Mac OS.
  • A passion for learning and a willingness to persevere when things get tough.
Lecturers
Mark Winterbottom
Mark Winterbottom
Full-Stack Software Engineer
Brooke Rutherford
Brooke Rutherford
Brand & Marketing Communications
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