About this book
Django developers often need to rely on frontend developers to build a client-side solution for their web apps. By combining the capabilities of React with Django, this book creates a complete learning path to go from being a backend developer to a full stack developer in no time. This book will help you use React to build state-of-the-art UI layouts and Django to create an immaculate backend. This web development book will help you discover the full potential of combining the dual power of the two most popular frameworks – React and Django. You’ll build full stack applications, including a RESTful API in the backend and an intuitive frontend, while exploring the advanced features of both frameworks. You’ll also explore how the dynamic functionality of the React framework can be used to build your frontend systems and how the ORM layer of Django helps in simplifying database interactions. This will in turn boost the development process for building the backend and facilitate the building of full stack applications. By the end of the book, you will be able to create a dynamic full stack app starting from scratch on your own.
In this chapter, we’ll briefly explain software development and, in particular, backend development in the context of what we’ll be building: a social network web application with Django and React. We’ll also talk about the most common tools used for backend development in Python – here in Django. Then, we will create a Django project and explain the most important parts of a Django project. After that, we’ll connect PostgreSQL to the Django project.
By the end of this chapter, you’ll understand concepts such as software development, frontend development, and backend development. You’ll also learn how to create a project in Django and start a server.
In this chapter, we’ll be covering the following topics:
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