Developing an API in plain PHP is time-consuming and error-prone. Thankfully, it’s not necessary. All you need is a great little PHP framework to help you out. Rakesh Patel over at BCW picks out five of the best PHP frameworks for creating REST APIs.
Still in a somewhat embryonic phase of its life (relatively speaking), Node.js already has the support of dozens of third party frameworks. InfoWorld.com identifies 13 of the more prominent ones that simplify the development of complex websites, data-driven Web apps, real-time applications, or APIs.