A library that makes creating apis easier

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A library that allows for quick and easy API creation

This library uses Flight and Eloquent for routing and database interactions.
You shouldn't need to look at Flight's api except for setup, but the Eloquent documentation is important to look at if you aren't aleady familiar. Find it here


Set up server routing

First you'll need to make sure that all urls reroute to your index.php file.

For Apache, edit your .htaccess file with the following:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [QSA,L]

For Nginx, add the following to your server declaration:

server {
    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;

Include the project via composer

run composer require calebdre/api-sugar

Create your endpoint class

Create a class that contains the endpoints and methods for the api:

class UserController extends ApiController{

    public $mappings = [
        'crud' => ['model' => 'Namespace\To\Model', 'resource_name' => 'users'],
	'fetchComment' => ['method' => 'get', 'route' => '/users/comment/@id'

    public function fetchComment($id){
	// do fetch comment stuff 

Lets break class down:
class UserController extends ApiController
All endpoint classes need to extend the ApiController class.

This is the array that you can add to to create api endpoints. The structure is:
'methodName' => ['method' => 'get/post/put/delete', 'route' => '/end/point/path']
The method name is the name of the method in the class that should be called when the route is hit.

You can also pass in crud to the array to scaffold CRUD route for an Eloquent model. the syntax for that is:
'crud' => ['model' => 'namespace/to/model/class', 'resource_name' => 'nameOfRoutePrefix']

Instatiate the API object and configure the database

	$api = new Api();
	    'driver'    => 'driver',
	    'host'      => 'host',
	    'database'  => 'database',
	    'username'  => 'username',
	    'password'  => 'pass',
	    'charset'   => 'utf8',
	    'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
	    'prefix'    => '',

	$api->addClass(new UserController());

You can add the class that you just created with the addClass method. To activate the api, use the execute method at the end.
You can also use the addEndPoint($methodType, $routeName, Callable $callable) function to add routes manually.

After that you should have everything good to go!

Note on returning json

In order to return json in your methods, make sure to use Flight::json($array) to create a json response. DO NOT USE RETURN.

Please feel free to contribute to this project!