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API Token Authentication in Laravel 5.2

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Typically my applications have a UI and authentication is done through a simple login page. Obviously for a RESTful API, having a login page isn't ideal. Instead, my hope was to have users append an api_token to the end of their query string and use that to authenticate their request. I was happy to find that 5.2 also ships with a TokenGuardlink class that allows you to do exactly that, but the documentation on getting it to work was a bit thin, so here you go.

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