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Building RESTful Web Services with PHP 7

By : Waheed ud din
Book Image

Building RESTful Web Services with PHP 7

By: Waheed ud din

Overview of this book

REST is the most wide spread and effective standard to develop APIs for internet services. With the way PHP and its eco-system has modernized the way code is written by simplifying various operations, it is useful to develop RESTful APIs with PHP 7 and modern tools. This book explains in detail how to create your own RESTful API in PHP 7 that can be consumed by other users in your organization. Starting with a brief introduction to the fundamentals of REST architecture and the new features in PHP 7, you will learn to implement basic RESTful API endpoints using vanilla PHP. The book explains how to identify flaws in security and design and teach you how to tackle them. You will learn about composer, Lumen framework and how to make your RESTful API cleaner, secure and efficient. The book emphasizes on automated tests, teaches about different testing types and give a brief introduction to microservices which is the natural way forward. After reading this book, you will have a clear understanding of the REST architecture and you can build a web service from scratch.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 2. PHP7, To Code It Better

PHP7 came with many new features and changes. However, none of them were specifically for REST or web services. In fact, REST does not have any direct relation with language constructs. This is because REST is an architecture, while a language is there to provide constructs for implementation. So, does that mean PHP7 has some construct or feature which can make this implementation better? Yes and no. It depends on what we mean by implementation.

If we mean just getting a request and returning a response then No, there is no such specific feature. But, any RESTful Web Service is related to an entity, and an entity can have its own logic. So to provide RESTful Web Service for that entity, we need to write that logic as well. For this purpose, we will need to write more PHP code than just getting a request and returning a response. So to keep the code simple and clean, yes, PHP7 offers us many things.

I assume that you have the basic knowledge of PHP, as knowing...