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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

What type of testing will we do?

Every type of testing its own importance, especially unit testing. However, we will mainly do API testing that will be testing our RESTful web service endpoints. It never means that unit testing is less important, it is just that we are mainly focusing on API testing in this chapter because the book is focused on RESTful web services. In fact, testing is a big topic and you will be able to see complete books on testing and TDD.


Nowadays, BDD (Behavior-driven Development) is a more popular term. It is not completely different than TDD. It is just a different way of stating test cases. In fact, in BDD, there are no test cases instead there are specs. They serve the same purpose but BDD has a more friendly way to address the problem that is by stating specs and implementing them and that's how TDD works. So TDD and BDD are not different, just a different way to address the same problem.

We can perform API testing in both functional and acceptance testing...