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Build a Backend REST API with Python & Django – Advanced

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What you’ll learn

  • Setting up a local development server with Docker
  • Writing a Python project using Test Driven Development
  • Building a REST API with advanced features such as uploading and viewing images
  • Creating a backend that can be used a base for your future projects or MVP
  • Hands on experience applying best practice principles such as PEP-8 and unit tests
  • Configure Travis-CI to automate code checks

Welcome to the advanced course on how to Build a Backend REST API using Python, Django (3.2), Django REST Framework (3.12), Docker, GitHub Actions, Postgres and Test Driven Development!

Whether you’re a freelance programmer, tech entrepreneur, or just starting out building backends – this course will help lay the foundation of your knowledge base and give you the tools to advance your skills with some of the most in-demand programming languages today.

APIs are the unsung heroes behind the technologies that we all love and use religiously.

One of the most critical components for any tech-based business is an API. So knowing how to create an API from start to finish is a vital skill to have as a developer. You cannot build a successful app without a backend REST API!

In this course I’ll show you how to build an advanced API that handles creating and updating user profiles, changing passwords, creating objects, uploading images, filtering and searching objects, and more.

The best way to learn anything is to do it. So the practical application of the course — the project that you’ll build along side me — is an API. A recipe API, to be specific.

You will learn how to build an advanced recipe API that allows you to upload and store some of your favourite recipes from photos and the web.

You’ll learn how to create objects i.e. recipes with titles, price points, cooking times, ingredients and tags like “comfort food”, “vegan” or “dessert”. Think of it as a virtual recipe box.

By the end of this course you will have built a fully functioning REST API that can handle:

  • User authentication
  • Creating objects
  • Filtering and sorting objects
  • Uploading and viewing images

You’ll also learn, in detail how to:

  • Setup a project with Docker and Docker-Compose
  • Configure GitHub Actions to automatically run linting and unit tests
  • Write unit tests using the Django Test Framework
  • Apply best practice principles including Test Driven Development
  • Handle uploading media files with Django
  • Customize the Django admin
  • Configure a Postgres database

This course has one singular focus: To teach you how to create an advanced API from start to finish using best practice principles and Test Driven Development.

This course is NOT FOR YOU:

  • If you’re looking for a course to build an API, a front end, and deployment
  • If you’re looking to build 10 different apps in one course
  • If you want to learn lots of different technologies and approaches to app development in general

This is a hands-on course, with a bit of theory and lots of opportunities to test your knowledge.

The content is challenging but rewarding. Ready for it? Let’s dive in!

**PLEASE NOTE: You cannot run Docker on Windows 10 Home edition. This is because Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise is required in order to use Hyper-V which Docker uses for virtualization. To take this course you have two options. These are covered in Lecture 6, which is free to preview before purchasing the course.

Who this course is for:

  • Intermediate programmers who already have some understanding of Python and want to skill up
  • Developers proficient in other languages but looking to add Python to their toolkit

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  1. Arvind Cletus

    I liked everything about this course. Good pacing, great content. I only wish there were instructions on how to use the APIs with a frontend framework.

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  2. Hafid DHAR

    Is good to get a quick understanding about Unit Testing, I just wished if it was more explained.
    Thanks for the effort.

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  3. Keith Collins

    Extremely informative! Excellent exposition! This class sets a gold standard for an online learning experience. No, I am not a shill, the course is just that good!

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  4. Nathaniel Kamrath

    This course is excellent. The material is well thought out, the instruction is great every step of the way, and the hands on approach is exactly what students need to build their skills.

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  5. Wojciech Pragłowski

    So far the best Django Rest Framework course I’ve ever had. I really recommend it to anyone who wants to start his/her career as a Backend Django Developer. Mark helped me a lot learn new skills. Thanks to him I got my first internship. What is more the author showed how to develop code like a professional – writing a lot of unit tests (which is a necessary part of the backend) and using Docker. At the moment containers are running the world and I cannot imagine learning how to code without them.
    Although this course is not for beginners (unless you don’t mind catch up on your own). In addition prepare yourself for some changes in the tech stack – everything is improving, so some of the functionalities in Django or DRF can be different now (e.g. ugettext_lazy in Django has been changed to gettext_lazy) just like Docker images and so on.
    Anyway, I really really recommend this course.
    Thank you Mark for everything, hope to hear you one more time.

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  6. Hunter Johnston

    Extremely thought out and well-structured course. Would recommend for anyone with python experience who is looking to learn more about Django REST APIs.

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  7. Ivan Buruiane

    The course author wasn’t able to help with the question, related to the course, because the project setup was slightly different from the one, described in the course.

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  8. Shai Geva

    The course was generally helpful.
    Issues I had:
    – Expected more explanations of basic django concepts
    – Too often the development was only against tests and it wasn’t really clear what we were building.
    – There was a lot of “writing large chunks of tests and code without getting any feedback” (e.g. write two or three complete tests, then write full feature, then sometimes view in UI). I’d expect much smaller chunks.

    Again – despite these issues, the course was generally useful.

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  9. David

    This course was fantastic, this taught me much more than I originally expected! The code examples are interesting while still covering several different key parts of Django. This course was worth the time investment and I felt like this course was structured very well. Just a suggestion, I think it would be great to see another course creating a React JS front-end for this project. Thanks!

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  10. Pontus Strömberg

    Good overall, but a bit to much focused on writing tests. Would like more explaining on how everything is linked together.

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  11. Michael O Grady

    Great course on TDD, just still unsure how to use the end project as not sure where to go from here especially when using ModHeader instead of saving the token as a cookie it’s hard to visualize building a frontend as not sure how it will work. Would appreciate if this could be explained deeper and deployed next time when updating the project (with the latest Django and dependencies)

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  12. RomainGrat

    It’s good, but it lacks clear explanations about the Django framework if you have never used it. Django has a pretty unusual ORM that should be detailed for 30 minutes before starting to code a real-life rest API.

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