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  • An iPhone-Python love affair: Building APIs for mobile

    by Anna Callahan and Nate Aune

    Mobile apps are the hot item of the day -- and the best mobile apps are backed by a great website. Python web developer Nate Aune and iPhone developer Anna Callahan will show you how we built a simple music web app in Django with a native iPhone app that communicates with it. Attendees of this talk will see a concrete case study of building an application that exposes an API for mobile devices.

    Our web app exposes a JSON API for sending and receiving data from the mobile device. We’ll talk about why we chose Django and the TastyPie API package, and discuss other packages that could be used to build the API such as django-piston or the Django REST framework. We’ll also compare REST and custom APIs to understand best practices for building APIs designed for mobile devices.

    At 10:30am to 11:15am, Wednesday 8th June