Example WebAPI 4

Check the code folder for more comments.

Now we will use .htaccess on the server to get 'pritty print url' And use the Web Dispatcher, read more Haxe api

Read more about this here

The code used in this example can be found here.

How to start

Create a folder named foobar (please use a better name; any name will do) and create folders bin and src. See example below:

+ foobar
    + bin
    + src
        - Main.hx
    - build.hxml

The Main.hx

The views don't change in this example, the interesting stuff in happening in the Main.hx

package ;

import haxe.web.Dispatch;
import haxe.web.Dispatch.DispatchError;
import php.Web;

class Main
    function new()
        try {
            var _webURI = Web.getURI();
            Dispatch.run( _webURI, Web.getParams(), new Routes() );
        catch (e:DispatchError) {
            Dispatch.run("/", Web.getParams(), new Routes() );

    static public function main()
        var main = new Main();

The Routes.hx files is the Web Dispatcher class: This example shows what will happen when the url is http://localhost/ and http://localhost/home/

    function doDefault( d:Dispatch )
        new HomeView();

    private function doHome(d:Dispatch)

And a little adjustment in the Template:

<li class="::if (title == "About")::active::else::inactive::end::"><a href="/about">About</a></li>

This is used to set the class of the <li> on active or inactive

Check for more Template examples: http://haxe.org/manual/std-template.html

The build.hxml also gets a little addition:

# htaccess file
-cmd cp -R src/assets/.htaccess bin/www

This way you can change the assets, and use the build file to update the export folder!

The Haxe build file, build.hxml

There are a lot of different arguments that you are able to pass to the Haxe compiler. These arguments can also be placed into a text file of one per line with the extension hxml. This file can then be passed directly to the Haxe compiler as a build script.

# // build.hxml
-cp src
-main Main
-php bin/www
-dce full

Build PHP with Haxe

To finish and see what we have, build the file and see the result

  1. Open your terminal
  2. cd to the correct folder where you have saved the build.hxml
  3. type haxe build.hxml
  4. press enter

You could build everything directly in the terminal.

haxe -cp src -main Main -php bin/www -dce full

Visit http://localhost/ (assuming that your webserver is pointing at the generated folder www). It will display the request parameters for the URL that were sent by the browser.

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