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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

Installing Lumen

To install Lumen, if you have composer installed simply run this:

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/lumen blog

This will create a directory named blog which has the Lumen installation in it. In case you find any difficulty, see the Lumen installation docs here:

I suggest that after installation, you go and look at the directory structure of this Lumen project named blog, as it will make more sense when we will be performing different tasks.


If you look in the installation directory we installed Lumen, in our case it was blog, you will see a .env file. Lumen keeps configurations in the .env file. You can see there is an option APP_KEY= if this is yet set in the .env file, set it. This just needs to be set to a random string that has a 32 character length.


As .env file starts with a dot, in Linux or Mac, this file may be hidden. In order to see this file, you need to see hidden files as well.

And then, to run Lumen...