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Adding a Server Function - PHP

In this conclusion to a five-part article series on Web Services, you'll learn how to create a SOAP server, add server functions, and more. This article is excerpted from chapter 20 of the book Beginning PHP and Oracle: From Novice to Professional, written by W. Jason Gilmore and Bob Bryla (Apress; ISBN: 1590597702).

  1. SOAP Servers and Web Services
  2. Creating a SOAP Server
  3. Adding a Server Function
  4. Adding Class Methods
  5. SOAP Client and Server Interaction
By: Apress Publishing
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August 10, 2010

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You can make a function available to clients by exporting it using the addFunction() method. In the WSDL file, there is only one function to implement, getQuote(). It takes $boxer as a lone parameter and returns a string. Letís create this function and expose it to connecting clients:

function getQuote($boxer) {
if ($boxer == "Tyson") {
$quote = "My main objective is to be professional
but to kill him. (2002)";
} elseif ($boxer == "Ali") {
$quote = "I am the greatest. (1962)";
} elseif ($boxer == "Foreman") {
$quote = "Generally when there's a lot of smoke,
there's just a whole lot more smoke. (1995)";
} else {
$quote = "Sorry, $boxer was not found.";
return $quote;

    $soapserver = new SoapServer("boxing.wsdl");


When two or more functions are defined in the WSDL file, you can choose which ones are to be exported by passing them in as an array, like so:


Alternatively, if you would like to export all functions defined in the scope of the SOAP server, you can pass in the constantSOAP_FUNCTIONS_ALL, like so:


Itís important to understand that exporting the functions is not all that you need to do to produce a valid SOAP server. You also need to properly process incoming SOAP requests, a task handled for you via the methodhandle(). This method is introduced next.

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