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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


In this chapter, we discussed what we were missing in the previous chapter where we implemented RESTful web service endpoints in Lumen. We discussed throttling (Request Rate Limiting) to prevent DoS or brute force. We also implemented token-based authentication using some packages. Note that we only secured endpoints here, which we didn't want to leave accessible without user login. If there are other endpoints that you don't want to have public access to but they don't need users to log in, then you can use either some sort of key or basic authentication on those endpoints.

Other than that, we discussed and used transformers that are a sort of view layer for web services. Then, we briefly discussed encryption and SSL importance and then discussed the available options for SSL certificates.

In this chapter, I will not give you a list or URLs for more resources because we discussed a lot of different things in this chapter, so we were not able to go into the details of each and every...