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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


We already have discussed problems and missing parts in our current code and security threats, and we have discussed how we will implement authentication. We also discussed that we will use reusable components or code to save our time and effort. Also, because the code will be written by ourselves, we will be responsible for its maintenance and testing, so using open source stuff which is not only available but in many cases is tested, as well as maintained by the community, makes more sense. For that purpose, we will be mostly using Composer as it has become a standard tool for packaging and using reusable packages in PHP.

In the next chapter, you will learn more about Composer. What it is, how it works, and how we can use it for different purposes.


We have talked about security threats in this chapter, but we have not covered them in lots of detail because we only had one chapter to discuss them. But, web application and RESTful Web service security is a wide topic. There is...