A skeleton REST API application, using Silex and Syringe with support for Puzzle-DI

5.0.0 2020-09-07 15:09 UTC


A skeleton REST API application, using Silex and Syringe with support for Puzzle-DI


Older versions of this project will make templates. Version 5 just works within the constraints of providing the Lazy Boy will create a skeleton Silex framework, so you can create REST APIs without having to bother with boilerplate code.

It is packaged with a route loader and uses Syringe, which allows you to define both your routes and services in configuration files, rather than PHP

(The rest of this Readme is probably nonsense)



install using composer:

composer require silktide/lazy-boy:^2.0

Lazy Boy will automatically generate several files from templates, whenever composer update or composer install is run. You are free to make modifications; Lazy Boy will not overwrite a file which already exists, so committing those changes to a VCS is safe. Having your VCS ignore the files will mean they are generated when you install vendors on a freshly cloned repository.

If you want to disable automatic file generation, so you can use the FrontController or RouteLoader perhaps, add the following to your composer file:

"extra": {
  "silktide/lazy-boy": {
    "prevent-install": true

All that is left to do is create a vhost or otherwise point requests to web/index.php.



If you are using the standard Lazy-Boy route loader, you can define your routes in configuration files, using YAML or JSON. Each route is defined as follows:

        url: /sub/directory
        action: "test_controller:doSomething"
        method: post

routes is an associative array of routes that you want to allow access to.

In this case, a HTTP request that was POSTed to /sub/directory, would access a service in the container called test-controller and call it's method doSomething. This route could be referenced as route-name when using the router.

For each route, the url and action parameters are required, but method is optional and defaults to GET.

You can also use the assert parameter to overwrite the default regex for parameter of a route. For example

            url: /user/{id}
            action: "test_controller:doSomething"
            method: get

The URL /user/56 would match and the id parameter would come back as 56. The URL /user/56/foo would not match.

            url: /user/{my_wildcard}
            action: "test_controller:doSomethingElse
            method: get
                my_wildcard: ".*"

Going to the URL /user/56 would match and again, the my_wildcard parameter would come back as 56. Going the the URL /user/56/foo would match and the my_wildcard parameter would return 56/foo


If you have many routes with similar URLs, such as:

  • /users
  • /users/{id}
  • /users/login
  • /users/logout

you can use a group to wrap them with a common url prefix.

        urlPrefix: /users
                url: /
                action: "..."
                url: /{id}
                action: "..."
                url: /login
                action: "..."
                method: post
                url: /logout
                action "..."


if you have a lot of routes, it can be convenient to separate related routes into different files. In this case, you can import files into a parent file by using the imports array:

    - users.yml
    - shop/products.yml
    - shop/checkout.yml

    group: "..."
    route: "..."

Imported files are merged into a single configuration array before routes and groups are processed. Where route naming conflicts arise, the latter import will overwrite the former and the importing file will take precedence over any imported routes.

Custom Templates

Lazy Boy uses a simple template system to create standard config and entry point files. It is possible to hook into this system to extend Lazy Boy and install custom templates.

The extending library should be used as Lazy Boy is; required into an application as a composer dependency. The library itself should require Lazy Boy as normal, but then add extra data to the composer.json file to configure the templates:

  "name": "silktide/lazy-boy-extension",
  "require": {
    "lazy-boy": "^2.0.0"
  "extra": {
    "silktide/lazy-boy": {
      "templates": {
        "template-name": {
          "template": "[ file path of the template, relative to the library package root directory]",
          "output": "[ file path of the output file, relative to the application root directory ]"
        "index": {
          "template": "[ the 'index' template already exists. You can override a template like this ... ]"
        "console": {
          "output": "[ ... or change where it's written to by overriding the output ]"

As in the example config, you can replace an existing template with a custom one by using the same template name. You can choose to override the template and/or the output file location.

Currently the following templates are predefined

Template Name Output Location
bootstrap * app/bootstrap.php
services app/config/services.yml
routes app/config/routes.yml
console ** app/console.php
index web/index.php
htaccess web/htaccess

* This template is protected and cannot be overridden

** This template depends on the symfony/console library being present in the package list

Usage In Applications

In order to prevent dependencies from installing templated files ad hoc, Lazy Boy requires that you whitelist the package name in your application, before it will install any custom templates. This is done by adding the following code to the applications composer.json file

"extra": {
  "silktide/lazy-boy": {
    "whiteListedPackages": [


If you have improvements you would like to see, open an issue in this github project or better yet, fork the project, implement your changes and create a pull request.

The project uses PSR-2 code styles and we insist that these are strictly adhered to. Also, please make sure that your code works with php 5.4, so things like generators, finally, empty(someFunction()), etc... should be avoided

Why "Lazy Boy"

Because it likes REST, of course :)