Sunday, March 16, 2008

WSO2 WSF/PHP 1.2.1 Released

WSF/PHP Team is pleased to announce the release of WSF/PHP 1.2.1 release. We focused on improving contract first web services support for this release.Schema types support has been improved in this release. All of the current web services stacks for PHP requires the users to go through the WSDL file and pick up the data types and construct his clients and services accordingly. This is quite a cumbersome task. To make this task easier for the user, WSF/PHP 1.2.1 release includes wsdl2php script which can generate the clients and services for a given WSDL. This is an experimental feature that is still it the testing stage. But we hope that is will make the task of implementing Clients and Services easier than ever before.

Another major problem that was fixed in this release was the large attachment support problem. This was an issue that had propagated in to WSF/PHP from WSF/C. Since the changes in WSF/C attachment handling code, the attachments sending and receiving has been made much more efficient. In addition we were able to fix some documentation errors.  Following is the complete feature list for this release.

1. Client API to consume Web services
      * WSMessage class to handle message level options
      * WSClient class with both one way and two way service invocation support
      * Option of using functions in place of object oriented API with ws_request

2. Service API to provide Web services
      * WSMessage class to handle message level options
      * WSService class with support for both one way and two way operations
      * Option of using functions in place of object oriented API with ws_reply

3. Attachments with MTOM
      * Binary optimized
      * Non-optimized (Base64 binary)

4. WS-Addressing
      * Version 1.0
      * Submission

5. WS-Security
      * UsernameToken and Timestamp
      * Encryption
      * Signing
      * WS-SecurityPolicy based configuration

6. WS-Reliable Messaging
      * Single channel two way reliable messaging

7. WSDL Generation for Server Side
      * WSDL generation based on annotations and function signatures, and
        serving on ?wsdl or ?wsdl2 requests

8. WSDL mode support for both client and server side
      * Write services and client based on a given WSDL
      * WS-Addressing and WS-SecurityPolicy is supported in WSDL mode
9. REST Support
      * Expose a single service script both as SOAP and REST service

10. Provide easy to use classes for common services
      * Consume some well known services such as Yahoo search and Flickr
        and Amazon services using predefined classes

Experimental Features

11. wsdl2php.php script. This script can generate PHP classes for services
    and clients for a given WSDL to be used with WSDL Mode .

We welcome you you try out this latest release. You can download it from here.

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