Creating and Consuming web Services with PHP 5

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Mike G.

Jul 23, 2007, 12:40:11 PM7/23/07
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Programming applications with web services can sound pretty scary for
developers new to the subject. With countless acronyms like SOAP,
REST, RPC, and WSDL floating around, one may quickly become
overwhelmed by the potential complexity this may add to an
application. Fortunately, PHP 5 is well equipped with native support
for creating and consuming web services.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
DeVry University - Room 108, 4000 Millenia Blvd, Orlando, FL
Michael Girouard, Central Florida PHP

This talk will consist of three parts:

Web Services: An Overview

This will serve as a basic introduction to web services and how they
are useful. Different types of web service models will be discussed,
highlighting the pros and cons of each. Some popular web service
providers will be discussed to illustrate real-world applications for
implementing their service into your application.

Consuming Web Services

This is where we roll up our sleeves and dig into some code. To begin,
an RSS feed will be parsed as a brief introduction to handling the
request and response process. This will also introduce tools used to
parse XML data which is the primary data exchange format used by web
services. From there we will interact with some common web services
provided by Yahoo! and XMethods to cover more advanced topics.

Creating Web Services

The last topic to be discussed will be how PHP can act as a web
service provider. Both SOAP-based and REST-based approaches will be

Slides and code samples will be available after the talk has been
given. Please post any questions or comments relating to this talk in
our discussion group (

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