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About the Book

API development is becoming increasingly common for server-side developers thanks to the rise of front-end JavaScript frameworks, iPhone applications, and API-centric architectures. It might seem like grabbing stuff from a data source and shoving it out as JSON would be easy, but surviving changes in business logic, database schema updates, new features, or deprecated endpoints can be a nightmare.

After finding many of the existing resources for API development to be lacking, Phil learned a lot of things the hard way through years of trial and error. This book aims to condense that experience, taking examples and explanations further than the trivial apples and pears nonsense tutorials often provide.

Phil worked primarily as an API developer for the last three years. One horror was managing an API built in FuelPHP by a freelancer at the million dollar startup he joined. It was utilizing a then deprecated ORM which had been hacked to death by the previous developer, so took the time to delete that mess and build the next version in Laravel, leveraging it's simple routing, database migrations, schema, seeding, etc. When the following major version of the API was built no rewrite was required, and both managed to live side-by-side on the same "API" servers.

By passing on some best practices and general good advice you can hit the ground running with API development, combined with some horror stories and how they were overcome/avoided/averted. This book will discuss the theory of designing and building APIs in any language or framework, with this theory applied in PHP-based examples.

Some of the more advanced topics covered here are endpoint testing, embedding data objects in a consistent and scalable manner, paginating responses (including embedded objects) and hypermedia "HATEOAS" controls.

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About the Author

Phil Sturgeon
Phil Sturgeon

Phil spent years developing websites with a bunch of languages and frameworks such as PHP, Laravel, Ruby on Rails, Python and EmberJS to name but a few. Over the years he has ended up writing handfuls of APIs and worked implementing even more. This gave him considerable perspective on the good, the bad and the ugly of API development.

Being a core-contributor to CodeIgniter, FuelPHP and PyroCMS has given him some insight on framework-interoperability - leading him to join the PHP-FIG, which strives to make lives easier for developers through standards and interfaces.

Now he uses this extensive and random experience to try to improve the quality of code in the PHP community, one package, book, framework, or API at a time.

About the Contributors

Alex Biblie
Alex Biblie

Technical Review

Alex knows his stuff about APIs. Previously working at the University of Lincoln he used to build out OAuth-based APIs for them. Then he moved to @VideoGamerCom and is doing the same for them, at a very high level. Alex also created the OAuth 2 PHP Server used in the later chapters, so is the perfect person to help out with technical review.
Ashley Hockney
Ashley Hockney

Editor

Ashley is an absolute champion of an editor. She has gone through my book a bunch of times, pointing out all my grammatical flaws with a big red marker, getting the book up to scratch enough for it to go to print!
Ben Corlett
Ben Corlett

Cameo Coder

Ben helps out at Kapture now and then as a freelancer and took care of our original Behat testing. I gave him the vague plan for how I would like our Behat tests to run and he coded it up. He is responsible for the majority of the FeatureContext.php bundled in the Sample Code.

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