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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

Testing frameworks

Just like we have frameworks for writing software, we have frameworks writing test cases as well. As we are PHP developers, we will use a testing framework that is written in PHP or in which we can write test cases in PHP so that we can use it easily.

First of all, there are different testing frameworks that we can use in PHP, no matter which development framework we are using for application development. However, there are also testing tools that come with Laravel and Lumen. We can also use them for writing test cases. In fact, it will be easier to write test cases for Lumen but it will be Lumen and Laravel specific. Here, we will use a framework that you will be able to use outside the Lumen and Laravel ecosystems as well as for any PHP project, no matter which development framework you are using to write the code.

There are many different testing frameworks in PHP so how will we decide which one we want to use? We are going to use a framework that will not be so low...