Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

XML-RPC and other TLAs

I have finally gotten around to learning a little about XML-RPC and SOAP.

In case you aren’t familiar with these buzzwords, they are basically protocols for getting data from remote programs. They use HTTP as the transport protocol, and XML for encapsulating the data. I always thought it sounded kind of complex, but it turns out to be fairly simple (especially since there are now tons of code libraries that handle the annoying parts).

I’m already envisioning all sorts of practical applications for my web development at work. We have lots of customers asking for ways to incorporate data from our systems into their own websites. This is going to be an easy way for me to add new services and data to those backend systems.

Can you tell that I’m hyped? Am I geeking out too much? Sorry…. It’s been a while since I’ve run across a software technology that got me excited.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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