In terms of a REST-style architecture, the “api” is a collection of resources.
In Tastypie, the
Api gathers together the
Resources & provides a nice
way to use them as a set. It handles many of the URLconf details for you,
provides a helpful “top-level” view to show what endpoints are available &
some extra URL resolution juice.
A sample api definition might look something like (usually located in a URLconf):
from tastypie.api import Api from myapp.api.resources import UserResource, EntryResource v1_api = Api(api_name='v1') v1_api.register(UserResource()) v1_api.register(EntryResource()) # Standard bits... urlpatterns = patterns('', (r'^api/', include(v1_api.urls)), )
Implements a registry to tie together the various resources that make up an API.
Especially useful for navigation, HATEOAS and for providing multiple versions of your API.
api_name allows you to name the API. Generally,
this is done with version numbers (i.e.
v2, etc.) but can
be named any string.
Api.register(self, resource, canonical=True):
Registers an instance of a
Resource subclass with the API.
Optionally accept a
canonical argument, which indicates that the
resource being registered is the canonical variant. Defaults to
If present, unregisters a resource from the API.
Returns the canonical resource for a given
Deprecated. Will be removed by v1.0.0. Please use
A hook for adding your own URLs or matching before the default URLs. Useful for adding custom endpoints or overriding the built-in ones.
Should return a list of individual URLconf lines (NOT wrapped in
Provides URLconf details for the
Api and all registered
Resources beneath it.
Api.top_level(self, request, api_name=None):
A view that returns a serialized list of all resources registers
Api. Useful for discovery.