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FastAPI is a modern, fast (high-performance), web framework for building APIs with Python. It is designed to be easy to use and highly productive. Here are some key features and concepts of FastAPI:

  1. Asynchronous Programming: FastAPI is built on top of Python’s async and await features, making it suitable for handling asynchronous operations efficiently. This is especially useful for handling I/O-bound tasks such as database queries or making API calls.
  2. Automatic Documentation: FastAPI automatically generates interactive documentation for your APIs using the OpenAPI and JSON Schema standards. You can access the documentation at /docs or /redoc endpoints when running your FastAPI application.
  3. Data Validation: FastAPI simplifies data validation by allowing you to define data models using Python’s type hints. It automatically validates incoming request data and converts it to Python objects.
  4. Dependency Injection: You can use dependency injection to manage the dependencies of your API functions. This makes it easy to handle things like database connections, authentication, and other common tasks.
  5. Automatic Serialization: FastAPI automatically serializes your Python data models to JSON, making it easy to return data from your API endpoints.
  6. Security: FastAPI provides built-in security features for common authentication and authorization mechanisms like OAuth2 and JWT.
  7. Middleware: You can use middleware to add functionality to your application, such as logging, authentication, or request/response modification.
  8. WebSocket Support: FastAPI also supports WebSocket communication, allowing you to build real-time applications.

Here’s a basic example of creating a FastAPI application:

from fastapi import FastAPI

app = FastAPI()

def read_root():
    return {"message": "Hello, World!"}

To run this application, you can use uvicorn (ASGI server):

uvicorn your_app_name:app --reload

Replace your_app_name with the name of your Python file containing the FastAPI app. The --reload flag enables auto-reloading during development.

FastAPI’s official documentation is comprehensive and a great resource to learn more:

FastAPI has become very popular in the Python community due to its speed, automatic documentation generation, and ease of use for building APIs.

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