17.3. Code Example

The website works heavily with AJAX. From time to time, it's necessary for the CD object to generate an XML version of itself. This is returned to the JavaScript front end to be processed.

The CD object is:

class CD
    public $title = '';
    public $band = '';

    public function __construct($title, $band)
        $this->title = $title;
        $this->band = $band;

    public function getAsXML()
        $doc = new DomDocument();
        $root = $doc->createElement('CD');
        $root = $doc->appendChild($root);
        $title = $doc->createElement('TITLE', $this->title);
        $title = $root->appendChild($title);
        $band = $doc->createElement('BAND', $this->band);
        $band = $root->appendChild($band);

        return $doc->saveXML();

The constructor takes two parameters, the $title and $band, and assigns them to the public properties of the class. The getAsXML() public method creates a new DomDocument. It then builds each individual node and adds it to the DomDocument. Finally, the saveXML() method is called, which returns a string representation of the XML file. This is sent as the return parameter from the getAsXML() method.

To use this, the code is pretty straightforward:

$externalBand = 'Never Again';
$externalTitle = 'Waste of a Rib';

$cd = new CD($externalTitle, $externalBand);

print $cd->getAsXML();

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