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Building RESTful Web Services with PHP 7

By : Waheed ud din
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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 learned testing types, the importance of automated testing, and wrote API tests for our RESTful web service endpoints. One thing I again want to say here is that we wrote only API tests to keep our focus on our topic but unit testing is of no less importance. However, testing is a huge topic and unit testing has its own complexity, so couldn't be discussed in this one chapter.

More resources

If you want to know more about automated testing in PHP, then here are some important resources:

Test Driven Laravel (Video course by Adam Wathan), however this is mainly focused on Laravel. But still, this will teach you important things.

Similarly, there is Laravel Testing Decoded (an old book by Jeffrey Way) at

Again, this is a Laravel-specific book but teaches you a lot in general. There is Jeffrey Way's new upcoming book that is in general on PHP testing named Testing PHP: https://leanpub...