Today we’re looking at using our REST services from a PHP site. Because (apparently) most PHP programmers use simple editors, and not IDEs, to create their web sites, we decided to use Notepad++ to do our development.
In the real world, we’d recommend going with a “Responsive Web Design” approach, but to keep the example simple and focused, we’re going to simply make a site that caters to a mobile form factor.
Our example is going to connect to web services that we built to expose a non-relational database SALESORDER file from a 30+ year old application. As anyone skilled in the art will know, you can substitute anything old or new into that formula. We have a previous video that shows how to create REST services for this data, and another one that shows how to consume it from a Windows Phone 7 application.
This blog post follows a combination of research and exploration and real sales and marketing initiatives around mobile solutions, but when it comes to posting, I want to bring it back to real-world concepts. This post explores the choices that we made and how they might apply in your environment.