I am looking at whether it would be possible to looking at using our web site to deliver a quotation based on data held on our factory server. The company setting up the data has said it will make available the logic to me so that I can interrogate, and receive responses in xml. Other than for RSS, I have not worked with xml, nor have I transferred data between servers.
Can anybody point me at some good references to get started in this?
I am familiar with HTML coding and php- but the rest will be new to me.
By the way although one solution might seem to be to use a copy of the database on the web server and manipulate it from there, I don't think that's on. Firstly it is SQL, and interfaced with Microsoft software, whereas I use a Linux-based Apache server and MySQL on the web. Secondly there would be a problem keeping the data bases in synchronization.