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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

Usage of Composer

Composer is a dependency manager and has other different uses. Composer is used to install packages while resolving dependencies. Composer is also very good at auto-loading. There are more uses of as well. Here, we will discuss the different uses of Composer.

Composer as a dependency manager

Composer is a dependency manager. Now you can package your in a way that you don't need to ship third-party dependencies with it. You just need to tell its dependencies. In fact, your package dependencies can have more dependencies, and those dependencies can also have more dependencies. So, resolving all those dependencies while making a package or bundle could be really tiresome. But it is not, thanks to Composer.

Since is also a dependency manager, dependencies are not a problem anymore. We can just specify dependencies in a JSON file, and those dependencies are resolved by Composer. We will look into that JSON file shortly.

Installing packages

If we have dependencies (other packages...