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Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development by Chuck Lanham, James Kennard

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Chapter 10. APIs and Web Services

The terms API (Application Programming Interface) and web service when used together describe how we access remote third-party services from an application. We can use web services and APIs in our Joomla! extensions. This chapter explores:

  • XML document parsing
  • Implementing AJAX capabilities
  • Using LDAP beyond user authentication
  • Adding email functionality to our websites
  • Accessing the file system using FTP
  • Using the Joomla! API as it relates to web services
  • Discovering the more common web services available to us
  • Taking an in-depth look at the Yahoo! Search API
  • Investigating how to implement our own web services using XML-RPC plugins

XML

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is often used to send and receive web service data. ...

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