REVIEW - Programming Web Services with XML-RPC


Programming Web Services with XML-RPC


Simon St. Laurent, Joe Johnston, Edd Wilder-James



O'Reilly (2001)




Chris Czarnecki


April 2002



This book explains how to use XML over HTTP to build distributed applications, by wrapping procedure calls in XML and establishing simple pathways for calling functions. XML-RPC can be considered as a simpler version of SOAP.

The first two short chapters are dedicated to defining what XML-RPC is and the details of the XML-RPC protocol. The remainder of the book explains how to build clients and servers using Java, Perl, PHP, Python and in ASP. A final chapter highlights where to find public XML-RPC services as well as design guidelines for application development. Most usefully a discussion on how to choose between XML-RPC and SOAP is provided.

Overall, this book is rather lightweight and you will only get true value for money if you are considering developing XML-RPC clients/servers in more than one language. If that were the case, I would recommend this book.

Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.

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