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Compiling PHP with XML-RPC Support - PHP

Do you want your Perl code on one server to call your PHP functions on another? "Impossible!" you say? Not with XML-RPC. XML-RPC is a standard way for any application to make requests and recieve responses from methods written in any language. Interested? I knew you would be.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Using XML-RPC with PHP
  2. Compiling PHP with XML-RPC Support
  3. Dissection of a XML-RPC Call
  4. Dissection of a XML-RPC Response
  5. Creating an XML-RPC Server
  6. Creating an XML-RPC Client
  7. Conclusion
By: Lucas Marshall
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December 20, 2001

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As of PHP 4.1.0, the XML-RPC extension is included in the source package with the status of experimental. This extension is simply a copy of the XML-RPC EPI extension that can be found at http://xmlrpc-epi.sourceforge.net/main.php?t=php_about

This extension is by far the best way of implementing XML-RPC in PHP. Being an extension to PHP and not a class or set of methods as the other solutions are, it is written in C and is therefore much faster than any of the other solutions.

The XML-RPC extension is not compiled with PHP by default. In order to enable it, you will need to download the PHP 4.1.0 or greater source from http://www.php.net/downloads.php and run the configure script including the switch:

--with-xmlrpc
and compile and install as usual.

Doing this will make available several new XML-RPC functions for use in your PHP scripts.

Now, the built in XML-RPC functions are certainly not a joy to use, unless all you want to do is encode PHP variables into XML-RPC requests. The built-in functions will not make the actual requests themselves. I'll show you how to deal with this later in the article.

 
 
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