Come along to this in-depth session covering all aspects of web services; if you want to bring your laptop and "play along" as we go, you can grab the sample code and join in! We will cover the concepts behind web services: data formats, service types, HTTP, troubleshooting, and how to put all this together in PHP to consume services. Finally we'll go a step further and implement a service ourselves. Expect anecdotes, war stories and some commandments for things you should never do when working with services.
With all the technical considerations of designing and shipping PHP-based software, it's easy to forget how every line of code you write can have a direct impact on your customers. Almost any code has the potential to shape the user experience and result in repeat custom or an over-subscribed helpdesk. Allow Drew McLellan to take you through the lessons learned when building Perch - a PHP content management system that banks heavily on providing a great user experience. Hear what has worked, what failed miserably, and how a goal of eliminating all support requests has driven the technical design of the product.
21st–22nd April 2011