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Python Django REST Framework Make the REST Framework Work for You Overriding Generic View Methods

Overriding perform_create() and get_object() did not prevent me from changing the course on the api views.

from django.shortcuts import get_object_or_404
from rest_framework import generics

from . import models
from . import serializers

class ListCreateCourseView(generics.ListCreateAPIView):
    queryset = models.Course.objects.all()
    serializer_class = serializers.CourseSerializer

class RetrieveUpdateDestroyCourseView(generics.RetrieveUpdateDestroyAPIView):
    queryset = models.Course.objects.all()
    serializer_class = serializers.CourseSerializer

class ListCreateReviewView(generics.ListCreateAPIView):
    queryset = models.Review.objects.all()
    serializer_class = serializers.ReviewSerializer

    def get_queryset(self):
        return self.queryset.filter(course_id=self.kwargs.get('course_pk'))

    def perform_create(self, serializer):  # prevent changing the course that is being reviewed
        course = get_object_or_404(
            models.Course, pk=self.kwargs.get('course_pk'))

class RetrieveUpdateDestroyReviewView(generics.RetrieveUpdateDestroyAPIView):
    queryset = models.Review.objects.all()
    serializer_class = serializers.ReviewSerializer

    def get_object(self):
        return get_object_or_404(

1 Answer

Alex Koumparos
Alex Koumparos
Python Development Techdegree Student 36,862 Points

Hi awake,

Can you verify that you're having the problem with both the courses/x/reviews/ AND the courses/x/reviews/y/ endpoints?

In the former case, you should be able to POST and the saved object should get a course id that corresponds with the URL regardless of what is chosen in the form. I was able to verify this behaviour.

In the latter case, we haven't written any code in the RetrieveUpdateDestroy view to replicate the perform_create functionality that we have in the ListCreate view. Note that the get_object method only provides the equivalent behaviour to the get_queryset method from ListCreate.

If you want to implement this functionality, look at the perform_update and perform_destroy() methods.