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DevX: Use XML to Build Services Cheaply Using PHP and MySQL

Aug 04, 2003, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurence Moroney)

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"Web services are all about two things: XML and WSDL. When you build a Web service in a commercial platform such as Microsoft .NET or J2EE, you are building a smart server that can describe itself with WSDL, be invoked using a HTTP-Get, or SOAP, and return an XML payload...

"This article will step you through building such an XML delivery server using PHP and MySQL, both of which are open source and free. In addition, the software will run on an Apache platform, giving you an end-to-end open source experience.

"The example application I'll build in this article is for a company that provides sports data and statistics to the Web sites of different newspapers and other media companies, who want to present league standings in a way that is appropriate to their audience and style..."

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