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Make simple API calls from Laravel!

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📱 Telephone

By Genericmilk

Telephone is a lovely frontend to PHP's cURL that allows quick and easy GET and POST requests to JSON led api's!

Why use this over cURL?

Simple! While yes it's definetely possible to use cURL, this dramatically simplifies the process down to 1-3 lines of code and most importantly, respond as a PHP Object ready to go for navigation! It makes for a more readable more traversible request

Install Telephone

To get started using Telephone you need to add it to your composer.json file. You can do this by running the following command

composer require genericmilk/telephone

This'll install the prerequisites to get Telephone working.

Using Telephone

To get started using Telephone in your controller, You need to import it. Add this to the top of your controller to get started;

use Genericmilk\Telephone\Telephone;

Now that you've added Telephone to your controller, you can use it to build requests!

Creating a GET request without authorisation using Telephone

Get requests using Telephone are made up of two parts, The url and any headers you want to use. If you have no header information you need to pass such as bearer tokens, You can make a request as such

$RingRing = Telephone::call('')->get();

The value of $RingRing will be a PHP Object of the response the api delivered. You can then traverse it as such;

return $RingRing->url; // will return example photo from api call

And of course if you have more than one item in the response, simply iterate over it using a foreach like so;

foreach($RingRing as $Item){
  echo $Item->url;

Creating a GET request with authorisation using Telephone

If you need to pass authorisation into your request, for example by means of a Bearer Token you can do so by adding it to the chain like so

$RingRing = Telephone::call('')

Extending headers

If you need to add more to the headers array you can do so by adding the following

$RingRing = Telephone::call('')
  'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/77.0.3865.120 Safari/537.36'

You can extend the header array as you need using this method. Any data will be sent along with the request

Creating a POST request using Telephone

Creating a POST request is pretty much similar to how GET requests are made, with the key difference there is space for another array which will be sent as form-data in the post request if you need.

You can use the request like so;

$RingRing = Telephone::call('')
  'Key' => 'Value',
  'AnotherKey' => 'AnotherValue'

You can scale up or down this request as you see fit. If you do not provide an array (i.e. a POST request without form-data) simply don't include it in your request like so;

$RingRing = Telephone::call('')

Telephone will not send any data if no array exists by default.

Failed requests

If Telephone recieves anything outside of a 200, by default it'll throw an exception. You can change this behaviour in a later version via the means of configs!


I really hope you love using Telephone. It should really aide with readability of your API requests and by converting data into a native PHP object speeds up the workflow! I've got plans to allow XML endpoints as well as more configuration and defaults, so if you have a common bearer token, you can add it to all requests meeting a certain pattern. Let me know your thoughts! Love you guys 🥰