You want to be an XML-RPC client and make requests of a server. XML-RPC lets PHP make function calls to web servers, even if they don’t use PHP. The retrieved data is then automatically converted to PHP variables for use in your application.
Use PHP’s built-in
extension with some
helper functions. As of PHP 4.1, PHP
extension. Unfortunately, xmlrpc-epi does not have any native C
functions for taking a XML-RPC formatted string and making a request.
However, the folks behind xmlrpc-epi have a series of
helper functions written
in PHP available for download at
http://xmlrpc-epi.sourceforge.net/xmlrpc_php/index.php. The only
file used here is the one named index.php, which
is located in xmlrpc_php/. To install it, just
copy that file to a location where PHP can find it in its
Here’s some client code that calls a function on an XML-RPC server that returns state names:
// this is the default file name from the package // kept here to avoid confusion over the file name require 'utils.php'; // server settings $host = 'betty.userland.com'; $port = 80; $uri = '/RPC2'; // request settings // pass in a number from 1-50; get the nth state in alphabetical order // 1 is Alabama, 50 is Wyoming $method = 'examples.getStateName'; $args = array(32); // data to be passed // make associative array out of these variables $request = compact('host', 'port', 'uri', 'method', 'args'); // this function makes ...