p. “TopWebNews.com”:http://www.topwebnews.com gets it’s debut mention on DevZone for a tutorial that they put together on using PEAR::SOAP. The tutorial is titled “Web Services and PHP”:http://www.topwebnews.com/2006/08/16/web-services-and-php/. Other than a few formatting issues with their code, it’s a quick and easy read. Here are the opening paragraphs in case you are already tired of my description.
bq. Have you ever wanted to enrich your site with information from Google, Amazon, eBay, or one of the many other sites that provide web services through SOAP?
bq. In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to use the SOAP package from PEAR to query Google’s extensive database. This tutorial assumes that you are using PHP 4 or higher and PEAR::SOAP 0.8.1, and requires basic familiarity with PHP (including a little object-oriented programming).
p. The page long tutorial walks you through setting up and calling Google’s spell checker API. The language is simple and non-threatening to those new to the concepts. Really the only thing they gloss over is how to install the pear package. (Yea, I know it’s simple but even simple tasks need to be explained every now and then.