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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 7. Improving RESTful Web Services

In the previous chapter, we created RESTful web services in Lumen, and we identified some missing elements or improvements required. In this chapter, we will work on improving that and completing some missing elements. We will improve certain elements with respect to fulfilling loopholes and code quality.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter to improve our RESTful web service:

  • Dingo, simplifying RESTful API development:
    • Installing and configuring Dingo API package
    • Simplifying routes
    • API versioning
    • Rate limiting
    • Internal requests
  • Authentication and middleware
  • Transformers
  • Need of encryption:
    • SSL, different options
  • Summary