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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

Introduction to Composer

The PHP community is a sort of divided one and there are lot of frameworks and libraries. Since there are different frameworks available, a plugin or package written for one framework cannot be used in another. So, there should be a standard way to write and install packages. Here comes Composer. Composer is a standard way to write, distribute, and install packages. Composer inspired by npm (Node Package Manager) from the node.js ecosystem.

In fact, most developers use Composer to install the different packages they use. This is also because using Composer to install a package is convenient because packages installed through Composer can also be easily auto-loaded through Composer. We will look into auto-loading later in this chapter.

As stated before, Composer is not just a package manager, but also a dependency manager. This means if a package needs something, Composer will install those dependencies for it and it will then auto-load accordingly.