As a direct result of a successful Mozilla grant application, I will be leaving my current role at DabApps, and attempting to secure a sustainable business model for REST framework development. I need your help in order to make this work.

— Tom Christie

If you use REST framework commercially we strongly encourage you to invest in its continued development by signing up for a paid plan.

We believe that collaboratively funded software can offer outstanding returns on investment, by encouraging our users to collectively share the cost of development.

Signing up for a paid plan will:

  • Directly contribute to faster releases, more features, and higher quality software.
  • Allow more time to be invested in documentation, issue triage, and community support.
  • Safeguard the future development of REST framework.

REST framework continues to be open-source and permissively licensed, but we firmly believe it is in the commercial best-interest for users of the project to invest in its ongoing development.

Making the business case

Our successful Kickstarter campaign demonstrates the impressive cost-reward ratio of shared funding of open-source software.

With typical corporate fundings of just £100-£1000 per organization we successfully delivered:

  • The comprehensive serializer redesign, and version 3.0 release.
  • Ongoing triage and community support, closing over 1600 tickets.
  • Substantial improvements to the Browsable API.
  • The admin interface.
  • A new pagination API including offset/limit and cursor pagination implementations, plus on-page controls.
  • A versioning API, including URL-based and header-based versioning schemes.
  • Support for customizable exception handling.
  • Support for Django's PostgreSQL HStoreField, ArrayField and JSONField.
  • Templated HTML form support, including HTML forms with nested list and objects.
  • Internationalization support for API responses, currently with 27 languages.
  • The metadata APIs for handling OPTIONS requests and schema endpoints.
  • Numerous minor improvements and better quality throughout the codebase.

This incredible level of return on investment is only possible through collaboratively funded models, which is why we believe that supporting our paid plans is in everyone's best interest.

Sign up for a paid plan today, and help ensure that REST framework becomes a sustainable, full-time funded project.

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In order to ensure that I can be fully focused on trying to secure a sustainable & well-funded open source business I will be leaving my current role at DabApps at the end of May 2016.

I have formed a UK limited company, Encode, which will act as the business entity behind REST framework. I will be issuing monthly reports from Encode on progress both towards the Mozilla grant, and for development time funded via the REST framework paid plans.

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