Are you a beginner using our API…Why PHP?

The API is a chunk of software code which is in the form of a series of XML messages where in each XML message corresponds to a different function of the remote service situated elsewhere. Its very important (especially for new users) that the API used should be easy to integrate, and at the same time be available in various languages to cater to a larger number of people. Thus, we offer our API in various popular programming languages, PHP being one of the most common.

PHP is a server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language, which means that choosing PHP as your implementation language allows you to build a dynamically-generated web page quickly and easily. The fundamental design of the PHP language has been that it is simple to use, even for non-programmers. Also, it is available for most operating systems and Web servers, and can access most common databases, including MySQL.

Some reasons why PHP is preferred by so many of our Resellers are:

  • They can speed up the application development process by easily integrating remote tools and systems.
  • They don’t have to pay for several different software applications and the hardware to make them all work.
  • If they are already good with HTML, they leverage all the existing know-how about PHP – just plug the PHP kit and get started.
  • Since all PHP code is executed at the server, with the client only receiving the results of the script, the users never see the PHP source code because it is never sent to them.
  • PHP uses a blend of interpretation and compilation in order to provide the best mix of performance and flexibility to our Resellers.
  • It also has great output buffering features that further allow increased control over the flow of output. Adding features is quick and easy.
  • Because PHP is open source, it is solid and is constantly being improved by many of our experienced programmers.
  • Also, it is currently available for all major platforms.

Not taking anything away from the other languages we offer the API in (Perl, Java and ASP.NET), I’ve personally always preferred PHP…