Book Image

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


Composer is a standard way to make and use reusable components. Nowadays, a lot of stuff has already been done and can be reused. For this reason, in PHP, Composer is a standard method. In this chapter, we have seen how Composer works, what it's usages are, how can one install packages through it, and a lot more. However, one thing that we haven't touched on in this chapter is how we can make packages for Composer. This is because our focus was on how we can reuse already available Composer packages. If you want to learn how to a create Composer package, then start from here:

If you want to know more about Composer, you can:

  1. Go and read Composer documentation at
  2. Open and start reading important files. You can open and read different Composer files, such as composer.json and composer.lock , from different packages.

Till now, we have seen how we can reuse Composer components to avoid writing everything on our own...