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Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition by John K. VanDyk

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CHAPTER 19XML-RPC

Drupal "plays well with others." That is, if there's an open standard out there, chances are that Drupal supports it either natively or through a contributed module. XML-RPC is no exception; Drupal supports it natively. In this chapter, you'll learn how to take advantage of Drupal's ability both to send and receive XML-RPC calls.

What Is XML-RPC?

A remote procedure call is when one program asks another program to execute a function. XML-RPC is a standard for remote procedure calls where the call is encoded with XML and sent over HTTP. The XML-RPC protocol was created by Dave Winer of UserLand Software in collaboration with Microsoft. It's specifically targeted at distributed web-based systems talking to each other, as when ...

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