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Introduction to Web Services in PHP: SOAP versus REST
Adam Trachtenberg, eBay

Track: PHP
Date: Wednesday, July 09
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Salon D

Web services makes exchanging data over the Internet quick and easy. This talk is not yet-another-introduction of "XML: How do you spell that again?" Instead, learn practical techniques for programming SOAP and REST web services clients using PHP.

This talk covers:

  • A quick overview of the web services landscape and acronyms
  • Sending SOAP requests with PEAR's SOAP package
  • Why WSDL simplifies your life
  • Processing SOAP data to find the data you want to display
  • Transmitting REST requests with cURL
  • Parsing XML with SAX to filter and print out the fields you want
  • Fun examples courtesy of Amazon and Google

    Find out how to take advantage of XML to use a language-neutral method of sharing information.

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