FastAPI is a small API focused web framework built on top of a few rather large projects:
There are a few reasons I've done this:
First of all Flask-Restplus was already giving me issues with data validation as mentioned in this post. They didn't seem to have a proper answer for the correct way to do this yet. On top of that I saw how clean it looked with pydantic to use type hints for data validation.
I have also been hearing about many different web frameworks that are now built with asyncio out of the box and thought it would be a good idea to future proof a little by choosing a framework that was capable of this. Realistically I'm not even going to use the async capabilities straight away as I don't think it's necessary for the scope of the project. It is certainly a plus knowing that it is there if I need to boost performance in that way.
Finally back in this blog post I said one of the reasons I didn't opt for a web framework that was ASGI was due to the lack of the ORM libraries not being async capable. Well the project that the starlette web framework is under also has libraries for async capable ORM's. This final piece put me at ease enough to make the switch.
There is a lot of work ahead essentially re-inventing functionality that already exists but it's also going to give me a chance to do things in a slightly better way as I've learnt quite a bit since starting out the Moodster API project.