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WordPress: Call ASMX web service from PHP?


How about a scenario, where you have a brand new virgin machine, and you have been asked a question on how, a php code would call an asmx from a WordPress website?



So, you have literally nothing: No visual studio, no TextPad, no Notepad++, no IIS installed anywhere over the network, no php editor, no server to deploy php code -- Do you think you can answer the question? No?



Think again!

1. Access to internet -- is enough! http://writecodeonline.com/php/ gives you an interface to run and test your php code. As well as http://codepad.org/, and http://ideone.com/ provides online IDE interface.

2. Now, how to test calling an ASP.NET web service? Google... for free online ASP.NET web services, you'd find lots. Following simple services helped us with the testing:
Following code goes into the php script file:

echo "Script Start\n\n";
try
{
//1. create object
$client = new SoapClient("http://www.webservicex.net/stockquote.asmx?wsdl");

//2. fill params
$object = new stdClass();
$object->symbol = "MSFT";

//3. Call web method
print_r($client->GetQuote($
object)->GetQuoteResult);
}

catch (SoapFault $exception) { echo $exception; }
echo "Script complete\n\n";

Worked fairly well.

Enjoy!

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