REST web service for pulling info for an iPhone app?

I am in the process of making an iPhone app. It will have a Calendar of Events and a Phone Directory. How would I access the web server to get the database info?

The flow of the Calendar would be:

Home Screen > Event Categories > SubCategories (if needed) > Today's Events with a button to go forward or backwards in the events > Event Detail

We thought about pulling an XML file of everything in the Calendar, but that file could get pretty big and cause the app to run slow. I have since been researching REST web services to output only the info we need for each view in XML. Would this be what I would need? If so, how do you create one in PHP and MySQL? I haven't found an online tutorial that could teach me how.

Thanks!
thsotoAsked:
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thsotoAuthor Commented:
Thanks.... I have it set up now, I just don't know how to mask the url.
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
What do you mean?
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thsotoAuthor Commented:
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
Here is a good discussion
You need to use a framework or at least interpret the pathinfo in a front controller

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2121069/rest-style-urls-and-php
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thsotoAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help. The Google links didn't help much. We found some other info that helped us. However, I believe that the last link you sent is beneficial.
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
Great - let us know what you came up with

I only have second hand knowledge of java rest
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