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How do I create a REST service in PHP?

I've been working to update the LearnWith series. The series builds UI applications--right now with Angular--and multiple backends with NodeJS, or ColdFusion. I'm creating a new book that creates services in PHP.

How do you create a REST service in PHP?

I did it this way. First, add a header:

header("Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8");

The Content-Type header says the results will be in JSON.

Then, get the request type:


The $method variable will be GET, or POST, or PUT, or whatever REST protocol you're using.

Then, use a switch statement to determine the type of request:

switch ($method) {
case 'GET':
// access URL Variables
// $_GET["myvar"])
// data retrieval here;
case 'PUT':
// retrieve PUT body data
$data = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'));
// $data->
// Update data Here
echo(json_encode($result) );
case 'POST':
// retrieve POST Body data
$data = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'));
// $data->myvar
// Create some data Here
echo(json_encode($result) );
echo("Unknown Request Type");

That is pretty much it. For get requests, you can access URL variables directly, like this:


For PUT or POST requests, you'll most likely be sending a JSON object as the body of the request and you can access it like this:

$data = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'));

I hope this helps someone. Be sure to check out my LearnWith series, where you'll be able to find information about integrating Angular and AngularJS with PHP very soon.

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