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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 6. Illuminating RESTful Web Services with Lumen

So far, we have created a very basic RESTful web service in Core PHP and identified flaws regarding design and security. We have also seen that to make things better we don't need to create everything from scratch. In fact, using open source code that is time tested makes more sense, to build better web services based on cleaner code.

In the last chapter, we have seen that Composer is a dependency manager for PHP projects. In this chapter, we will use an open source micro-framework to write RESTful web services. We will do the same work in an open source micro-framework that is in active development, time tested and well known in PHP community. The reason for using a framework instead of few components is that a proper framework can make a good structure of our code, and it comes with some basic required components. The micro-framework we have chosen is Lumen, a micro-framework version of the full-stack framework Laravel.

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