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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

Writing RESTful web service endpoints

Now, it is time to actually start writing the endpoints that we discussed in Chapter 1, RESTful Web Services, Introduction and Motivation, and wrote in plain Vanilla PHP in Chapter 3, Creating Restful Endpoints. So let's do that.

As it has a Controller and Model layer, we will writing API from the Controller layer which will serve different endpoints. For the first controller, what we are going to write is PostController.

Writing the first controller

Technically, this is not the first controller, as Lumen comes with 2 which you can find in the /<our blog project path>/app/Http/Controllers/ directory. But this is our first controller that we are going to write. In Laravel (the big brother of Lumen), we don't need to go and create a controller there are commands for that, but for Lumen those commands are not available. As these commands are not mandatory but very handy, it is better if we make those commands available.

To use the extra features that...