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Lumen Programming Guide

Writing PHP Microservices, REST and Web Service APIs

  • A first to market book on the Lumen micro-framework, part of the Laravel PHP framework family

  • Deals with growing, popular microservices as well as REST and web services

  • Includes test driven development


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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


Learn to write test-driven microservices, REST APIs, and web service APIs with PHP using the Lumen micro-framework, from the now popular Laravel family. This book shows you how testing APIs can help you write bullet-proof web application services and microservices.

In the Lumen Programming Guide you will learn how to use Lumen—a micro-framework by Laravel—to write bullet-proof APIs. Lumen helps you write productive, maintainable APIs using modern application design. You will learn how to write fully-tested APIs and understand essential Lumen concepts used to build a solid foundation for writing API projects, along with the following important features:

  • Maintain your API's database structure through built-in database migrations
  • Write tests with factory data in a test database
  • Respond with consistent data output in JSON
  • Deal with PHP exceptions by using JSON responses
  • Create, read, update, and delete REST resources
  • Represent model associations in API responses
  • Build a solid foundation for writing tests with PHPUnit and Mockery
  • Validate data 


php Lumen web development framework reference microservices web services Laravel REST

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.PhoenixUSA

About the authors

Paul Redmond is a web developer writing highly available applications powered by PHP, JavaScript, and RESTful Web Services.

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