Lightweight Django: Using Rest, Websockets & Backbone

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How can you take advantage of the Django framework to integrate complex client-side interactions and real-time features into your web applications? Through a series of rapid application development projects, this hands-on book shows experienced Django developers how to include REST APIs, WebSockets, and client-side MVC frameworks such as Backbone.js into new or existing projects.

Learn how to make the most of Django’s decoupled design by choosing the components you need to build the lightweight applications you want. Once you finish this book, you’ll know how to build single-page applications that respond to interactions in real time. If you’re familiar with Python and JavaScript, you’re good to go.

  • Learn a lightweight approach for starting a new Django project
  • Break reusable applications into smaller services that communicate with one another
  • Create a static, rapid prototyping site as a scaffold for websites and applications
  • Build a REST API with django-rest-framework
  • Learn how to use Django with the Backbone.js MVC framework
  • Create a single-page web application on top of your REST API
  • Integrate real-time features with WebSockets and the Tornado networking library
  • Use the book’s code-driven examples in your own projects

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Using REST, WebSockets, and Backbone

About the Author:

Julia Elman is a designer, developer, and tech education advocate based in North Carolina. She has been working on her brand of web skills since 2002. Her creative nature drove her to find work in 2007 at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where she worked on projects such as the Product (RED) campaign and Hallmark’s site redesign. From there, she took a dive into Django as a junior designer/developer at World Online in Lawrence, Kansas. In early 2013, she helped start a local chapter of Girl Develop It and empowered over 600 members to learn computer programming. She also helped organize the 2013 Teen Tech Camp, where 20 local teens learned Python programming in a one-day event.

Mark Lavin is a lead Python/Django developer at Caktus Consulting Group in Carrboro, North Carolina. He also runs a small homebrewing website, written in Django, called He came to Python web development after a few years pricing derivatives on Wall Street. Mark maintains anumber of open source projects primarily related to Django development and frequently contributes back to projects used by Caktus. When he isn’t programming, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, brewing beer, and running.

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