What Is XML-RPC?

This section describes what is XML-RPC - a specification on how to make a Remote Procedure call (RPC) by passing XML messages using HTTP requests and responses over the Internet.

Here is the definition of XML-RPC from the XML-RPC home page at http://www.xmlrpc.com:

"It's a spec and a set of implementations that allow software running on disparate operating systems, running in different environments to make procedure calls over the Internet."

"It's remote procedure calling using HTTP as the transport and XML as the encoding. XML-RPC is designed to be as simple as possible, while allowing complex data structures to be transmitted, processed and returned."

My understanding of XML-RPC is that it is specification of how to:

RPC stands for Remote Procedure Call.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Perl on Linux Systems

 ActivePerl on Windows Systems

 Data Types: Values and Variables

 Expressions, Operations and Simple Statements

 User Defined Subroutines

 Perl Built-in Debugger

 Name Spaces and Perl Module Files

 Symbolic (or Soft) References

 Hard References - Addresses of Memory Objects

 Objects (or References) and Classes (or Packages)

 Typeglob and Importing Identifiers from Other Packages

 String Built-in Functions and Performance

 File Handles and Data Input/Output

 Open Files in Binary Mode

 Open Directories and Read File Names

 File System Functions and Operations

 Converting Perl Script to Executable Binary

 Using DBM Database Files

 Using MySQL Database Server

 Socket Communication Over the Internet

 XML::Simple Module - XML Parser and Generator

 XML Communication Model

 SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Programs as IIS Server CGI Scripts

 CGI (Common Gateway Interface)

XML-RPC - Remote Procedure Call with XML and HTTP

What Is XML-RPC?

 Defining a Remote Method Call in XML

 Sending a Remote Method Call as a HTTP Request

 Defining Returning Values of a Remote Method Call

 Receiving Returning Values as a HTTP Response

 RPC::XML - Perl Implementation of XML-RPC

 Integrating Perl with Apache Web Server

 CGI.pm Module for Building Web Pages

 LWP::UserAgent and Web Site Testing

 References

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