We're happy to announce the immediate availability of Apigility 1.0.0!
Apigility is the world's easiest way to create robust, well-formed, documented, and secure APIs.
We've noticed that web development has fundamentally shifted over the past few years. Server side applications that return heavy loads of HTML markup are waning; instead APIs are driving the web. APIs are being used to enable inter-division data exchange. APIs are being used as the building blocks for web applications -- allowing user interface experts the flexibility to change the look and feel of a website with no intervention from the server-side application developers. APIs are driving and empowering the mobile web, allowing creation of both native mobile applications and mobile web applications.
Apigility exists to allow you to expose your business logic as an API.
APIs are not just about tossing around some JSON or XML. They require a ton of architectural decisions every step of the way as you implement the API:
Most of these questions have no single, correct answer. Many standards, proposals, and drafts exist for all aspects of APIs. As a developer, you have to wade through them and choose which you will use, and how you will put them together.
In short, when developing an API, you often spend an equal or greater amount of time developing the architecture for the API as you would writing the code you want to expose in the first place.
Apigility is opinionated for you, and provides a flexible and robust engine that answers these questions:
OPTIONSrequests is built in.
We make decisions so you don't have to. However, you'll note that we've created flexibility so that if you have an opinion, you can integrate it!
Apigility is not just an engine. Apigility also provides a web-based Admin UI to allow you to quickly create and modify your API and services, set up authentication, create authorization rules, set up validations for incoming data, and write document.
The Admin UI is built using AngularJS, and is backed by... an API! (We're taking the "API First" mantra very seriously!)
You can install Apigility in seconds; execute the following command in your shell:
<pre class="console">$ curl -sS http://apigility.org/install | php
or, if you don't have curl installed, use the PHP interpreter itself:
$ php -r "readfile('http://apigility.org/install');" | php
Apigility is built on top of Zend Framework 2, and has tools to ensure that the Admin UI is only present in development mode. As such, you can deploy Apigility anywhere you normally deploy PHP applications: a local server, your web host provider, or the cloud.
We provide a tool, ZFDeploy, to aid in creating deployment packages, including Zend Server ZPK files.
Apigility consists of more than a dozen Zend Framework 2 modules, each doing one specific task in the workflow. As such, you can mix and match these modules in your own ZF2 applications, or even add Apigility to an existing application.
Reaching 1.0 is a huge milestone -- but it's not the end of the road!
We already have a number of great features waiting in the wings for a 1.1 release: Doctrine-Connected services, Database Autodiscovery, Mongo-Connected services, and HTTP Caching.
What will you build today?
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