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Accessing a .NET Web Service requires a dateTime object with PHP and nusoap

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I am working to integrate a clients PHP based web system with a .NET Web Service.

We have successfully integrated 20 of 21 processes.

The final process requests a dateTime object instead of a string, int or boolean.

I am completely at a loss for how to format this object in PHP/nusoap. The .NET server throws an error whenever it receives a int or string.

Does anybody have any idea what the .NET service is expecting?

Is it looking for a binary?

Any help is greatly appreciated. the WSDL for the associated service is listed below.

Thanks,
Michael
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<soap:Envelope xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:soap="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
  <soap:Body>
    <PlaceOrder xmlns="http://www.***.com">
      <Key>string</Key>
      <Order>
        <ResultsReceived />
        <ResultsReceivedBy>int</ResultsReceivedBy>
        <PK_OrderID>int</PK_OrderID>
        <FK_CustID>int</FK_CustID>
        <FK_LocID>int</FK_LocID>
        <LabCpID>short</LabCpID>
        <OrdDate />
        <OrdTotal>decimal</OrdTotal>
        <Discount>decimal</Discount>
        <FK_StatusID>int</FK_StatusID>
        <Ship>decimal</Ship>
        <PayMethod>unsignedByte</PayMethod>
        <PayNum>string</PayNum>
        <ApprovalCode>string</ApprovalCode>
        <TransactionID>string</TransactionID>
        <Processed>boolean</Processed>
        <ProcessedBy>int</ProcessedBy>
        <Instructions>string</Instructions>
        <Notes>string</Notes>
        <HIPPARecvd />
        <HIPPASent />
        <ResultsSetup />
        <FK_ResellerID>int</FK_ResellerID>
        <Source>string</Source>
        <HCPCode>string</HCPCode>
        <HidePrices>boolean</HidePrices>
        <Cleared>boolean</Cleared>
        <GroupCode>string</GroupCode>
        <patientemail>string</patientemail>
        <MemberID>string</MemberID>
        <GHR>string</GHR>
        <Onsite>boolean</Onsite>
        <SiteDate>string</SiteDate>
        <SiteLocation>string</SiteLocation>
        <Ext_OrderID>int</Ext_OrderID>
      </Order>
      <Customer>
        <CreateDnnAcct>boolean</CreateDnnAcct>
        <DNNID />
        <PK_CustID>int</PK_CustID>
        <LastName>string</LastName>
        <FirstName>string</FirstName>
        <Initial>string</Initial>
        <Address1>string</Address1>
        <Address2>string</Address2>
        <City>string</City>
        <FK_StateID>short</FK_StateID>
        <Zip>string</Zip>
        <Country />
        <Phone>string</Phone>
        <Fax>string</Fax>
        <Email>string</Email>
        <Gender />
        <DOB />
        <LastDate />
        <UName>string</UName>
        <UPass>string</UPass>
        <Source>string</Source>
        <Locked />
        <GroupName>string</GroupName>
        <Ext_MemID>int</Ext_MemID>
      </Customer>
      <TestList>
        <string>string</string>
        <string>string</string>
      </TestList>
    </PlaceOrder>
  </soap:Body>
</soap:Envelope>

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The item in question is on line 60. DOB.
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I'm not sure, but as of PHP 5.x there's a DateTime object in PHP, probably at least comparible to what it is expecting. Information can be found here: http://cn2.php.net/datetime

An example can be found here: http://ditio.net/2008/06/03/php-datetime-and-datetimezone-tutorial/

Goodluck!


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by:Marcus Bointon
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nusoap is now very old and not really maintained any more. PHP5's built-in SOAP client is pretty good now, but for better type support you might be better served by WSO2 which is far better than any other SOAP client for PHP: http://wso2.org/projects/wsf/php
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by:Theorem44
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As it turned out, to receiving computer was expecting a custom serialization method that was written by their programmer.

I convinced them to simply accept my date as a properly formatted string and do their serialization on their end. Seems really stupid for a web service to accept strange object types anyways.

Thanks For your help. I have switched to WSO2.

I am splitting the points between the two of you.

-Michael
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Glad to see it got solved somehow :) goodluck!
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