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Professional PHP Web Services [Paperback]

James Fuller , Ken Egervari , Harry Fuecks , Bryan Waters , Jon Stephens , Daniel Solin
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10 Jan 2003 1861008074 978-1861008077
This book will discuss what Web Services are, how are they important in enterprise computing today and the various standards and programming models to building Web Services using PHP.

Web Services is a new paradigm that has evolved with time. With successful demonstration of proof of concept, Web Services are gradually moving towards occupying an important space in enterprise computing. In this book, we will discuss the consumption, development and deployment, description, discovery and security of Web Services in conjunction with the PHP programming model for Web services.

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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (10 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861008074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861008077
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,956,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

This book is developed keeping in mind two main audiences:

The first and major audience consists of programmers that would like to learn how to consume and deploy Web Services using PHP, HTTP as a transport mechanism, and SOAP as the messaging format

The second audience consists of readers that want to learn how to integrate and interoperate PHP applications with existing and new applications written on other platforms. These platforms consist of .NET (MS .NET, Rotor and Mono), Perl, Python and Java

About the Author

Ken Egervari is a 22-year-old entrepreneur and author from Windsor, Ontario Canada who is a technology enthusiast and software architect. He has written several types of applications ranging from networking to entertainment and the enterprise. He has used various languages such as Assembly, C, C++, Java, SQL, PHP, DHTML, and others. Ken is co-author of Professional PHP4 and Professional PHP4 XML from Wrox Press.

James Fuller has 15 yrs commercial programming experience in a variety of languages. He has been technical director of some large Internet companies and currently holds this position at on-IDLE Ltd. He is a regular contributor to the XSL-List. He would like to play chess more and learn the Czech language.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This books takes the hype and mystery of Web services away. It starts up by explaining the technologies behind Web services, ie XML, XML schema and HTTP. Familiarity with these technologies by far removes the hype and mystery of web services and gives a no-nonsense introduction to a really cool technology.
This is one of the very few techie books that will not gather dust on the bookshelf. I'll even disregard the typos spread througout the pages...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Taught by amateurs 22 Feb 2003
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While I know what Web Services are and how they could help me, the code examples in the book are really bad. For one, it feels that some of the code was written by one person and explained by another. Also, the lack of continuity in code style decreases after each chapter (obviously from all the different people that wrote this thing). Some of the introduction chapters were well written, only because they didn't talk about code so much. This book's major failure was the lack of case studies. So Wrox.. with no case studies or quality examples, why should we buy your cheap book?
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So much potential, but very poor implementation 25 Nov 2003
By C. Angel - Published on
I have been programming with PHP for 5+ years and loved it. I was ready to delve into the world of web services and SOAP...I had high expectations for this book, but it failed in every aspect. It was poorly organized, poorly written, poorly coded, and poorly explained. It is one of the worst books I have ever bought.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 31 Jan 2013
By Luiz Fernando Calaça Silva - Published on
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I like a lot
I needed to understand more about webservices
and this book was good for me.
I recommend.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book simply rawks!!! 1 Mar 2003
By Marie Claire - Published on
The content in this book simply rawks - all the latest information on how you can do web services using PHP.There is a wealth on information on how you can use PHP and SOAP (using popular libraries such as NuSOAP, PEAR::SOAP and ezSOAP), PHP and SOAP's front-runner (XML-RPC), how you can discover web services using UDDI. Infact, there is a quality library for PHP::UDDI, that was created for the book, and which the authors have very kindly hosted on sourceforge (
This is *the* book on the subject. Check it out today.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice one 3 April 2003
By "barthazi" - Published on
I think it's a nice book, good job! It introduces wide range about the relationship between PHP and the web services, it's a good base to start. However I have to tell, that there are some bugs (or the descriptions are not clear, don't know) in the example sources, for example I've found one in the chapter about security (Chapter 6).
This is a problem, but with it, I still could recommend this book for everybody not familiar with Web Services, and would like to learn all the related technologies. As it is true at other books, too: you can learn all these things from the web, but you can just find these together in this (or other) book, and you can read it conveniently at your bed with your girlfriend. :)
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