Before you start
This tutorial shows how to build Web services in PHP using the PHP Development Tools (PDT) plug-in. The PDT project was unveiled in September 2007 and was followed by V1.0.2 in January 2008. The PDT project provides first-class abilities to edit, debug, and deploy PHP applications in the Eclipse IDE.
This tutorial has three main objectives. The first is to become familiar with the PDT project, and learn how to create and deploy useful PHP projects. The second is to learn about the philosophy behind contract-first development. Third, this tutorial serves as an informative overview of the basic parts that make up a WSDL file.
You should have experience with PHP development.
To get the most out of this tutorial, you need to install Eclipse Europa and the PDT plug-in. You must also install the Eclipse Web Standard Tools (WST) subproject. Note: If you installed the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) bundle of Eclipse, you already have WST.
To follow the examples, you need Eclipse Europa and one of the operating systems that Eclipse supports — Mac OS X, Microsoft® Windows®, or Linux®. You also need a Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE) — at least JRE for Java V5 is recommended.