Give it a REST: Integrating the Ease of Python with the Elegance of Angular JS

A Christmas week, a Home Computer and considerable appreciation for Monty Python’s flying circus, that’s what took Guido van Rossum to create one of the most beautiful and certainly most readable programming languages, Python. Python accelerated to popularity in the IT sector quite rapidly. Owing to its support for multiple programming paradigms including Object Oriented Programming, Python’s demand in the market is not a surprise for anyone. But as the exigencies of IT solution providers increased, the programming language had to grow and couple-up with other technologies to provide a better experience for both the Developers and the End-Users. This article talks about one such advancement that made Python one of the most widely used programming languages for web-services, adding names like – Instagram, Mozilla, Times etc. to its user-base. You must’ve guessed it by now, we’re talking about – Django. In the subsequent article, we’ll keep the discussion centered at the magnificence of Django especially when used with frontend technology – Angular JS. But before that, let’s have a look at the key features of Django that make it one of the most popular Web Frameworks in the market.

Django – What and Why?

Django – a python based, free, open-source web framework. Maintained by the Django Software Foundation (DSF), Django effectively utilizes the popular MVT (Model-Tempelate-View) architecture. By effectively, we mean that no matter how complex your ‘Model’ is, with Django’s framework at backend you have the ease to efficiently control your ‘View’. Being a Python-based framework, Django is bound to provide the ‘don’t repeat yourself’ programming structure by providing pluggable or reusable components. Although we’d suggest you to discover the stunning features of this web framework on your own, here’s list of some popular ones-

Python

Of course, this has to be the first feature. Being written in a language that was essentially built on the idea of making the code more readable and easy, Django already finds itself listed among the top choices of programming frameworks for database-driven websites

Standalone Server

No synchronization with third party servers! Not only you can easily write an understandable code but test it too with Django’s lightweight standalone web server.

Caching

With an effective Cache framework Django has multiple caching methods of its own for you to choose from.

Event Communication among Components

Django has an internal dispatcher system and pre-defined signals for the application components via which they can communicate events with each other

HTML Translation

Serialization is another strong feature that allows Django to validate and translate HTML forms and store them in a database if required. Additionally, Django can also represent the stored data in databases in XML and JSON formats.

Unit Test Framework

Another boon from python, Django provides an interface for unit testing using Python’s built-in framework.

More than OOP

The template system of Django might be based on the inheritance system, but it has explored and customized the concept for a better development experience

I18N

Django has its own internationalization system for translating its components into various languages.

While the backend is clearly safe with Django, just add in the traits of Angular JS to this mix and you’re bound to be fascinated by the end product.

Angular JS: Sophistication for your UI

There were times when you had to write long HTML codes for your websites UI. The times when you had to experiment hard with the HTML tags to get the perfect view you’re your web applications. But that’s about the time when our Grandfathers used to code. We live in the times of AngularJS. Providing a structural framework to make your website dynamic, was something Javascript could provide on its own. But Angular JS has features like dependency injection and data binding, that succinctly express your website’s components and extends the capabilities of your HTML.

Combining the sophistication of Angular JS with the ease of Django using the Representational State Transfer or REST helps you make your website robust and reliable. Robust by providing strong communication between the various layers of the MVC architecture; and Reliable by avoiding system-level failures within components of your web-application. Here are some points that will further explain the advantages of using the two technologies together:

Cross-platform Interface Development

At any stage of the development, the interfacing of different platforms is easier to develop

Scalability

Add the modularity of Angular JS to the stateless persistence of Django and you’re ready to operate at any set of data, large or small

REST

The robust REST API design has a natural server-client architecture that makes your website more efficient and controllable for the end-user.

Python has grown up to have more interesting frameworks like Flask, TurboGears etc. the elegant combination of Django and Angular JS makes it one of the most popular choices for web-application development.

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Mapu

I am a technology freak with passion for UI technology.

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