PHP, SOAP and communicating with a 3rd party server
Posted on 2012-08-16
I'm revisiting a project that reared it's head a couple of years ago but never really progressed. I now have to communicate with a associate business to send requests and receive resulting data to display (products, costs, availability etc.) The 3rd party insists that all requests (and responses) must be in SOAP envelopes.
I've dabbled with CURL and XMLHTTPRequest for comms in the past (not too successfully!) but have little understanding of SOAP despite trawling the web for tutorials for real beginners.
Can anyone point me at some SOAP 101 type resources and tutorials that may guide me through setting up a new soap client to talk with another server and data source?
Would appreciate any advice / lead / feedback as I think I've buried myself so far into these woods that I can't see the trees anymore!!
My site is hosted on an Apache server running PHP and SOAP - so all components seem to be available to me. I have some knowledge of XML and the rudiments of web services.
Thanks in anticipation.