Make a fully operational REST API in PHP

Routing a JSON REST request
Converting it into SQL
Executing it
Giving a meaningful response

Running
Save this file as “api.php” in your (Apache) document root and call it using:
Or you can use the PHP built-in webserver from the command line using:
The URL when ran in from the command line is:
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1. Human Readable Random String
This code will create a human readable string that will look more close to dictionary words, useful for captchas.

/**************
*@length - length of random string (must be a multiple of 2)
**************/
function readable_random_string($length = 6){
$conso=array("b","c","d","f","g","h","j","k","l",
"m","n","p","r","s","t","v","w","x","y","z");
$vocal=array("a","e","i","o","u");
$password="";
srand ((double)microtime()*1000000);
$max = $length/2;
for($i=1; $i<=$max; $i++)
{
$password.=$conso[rand(0,19)];
$password.=$vocal[rand(0,4)];
}
return $password;
}

2. Generate a Random String
If you don’t need human readable string, then use Read More →

There is a list at the official PHP website: http://www.php.net/manual/en/refs.webservice.php You can see that PHP can work with OAuth, SCA, SOAP, Yar and XML-RPC. But there is another way which is so simple to create a webservice. It is JSON.
How to create a simple web service with JSON
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UPDATE: I updated this article with some information about password cracking with the reason to use the algorithms bcrypt or scrypt to store the user’s password instead of hash + salt mechanisms. Moreover, I proposed a new RNG based on the usage of /dev/urandom if OpenSSL is not available.
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