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WDDX Функции


User Contributed Notes
WDDX Functions
14-Mar-2008 10:03
As of version 5.2.5, this is wrong:

> Note: If you want to serialize non-ASCII characters you
> have to convert your data to UTF-8 first (see utf8_encode()
> and iconv()).

Serializing a string with WDDX will always convert it from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8, no matter what the original encoding is. So if your data already are UTF-8, you get just gibberish.

You can restore the original encoding by using utf8_decode on the serialized wddx data, even though your original data may use chars not included in ISO-8859-1:

("Content-Type: text/xml;encoding=utf-8");
utf8_decode(wddx_serialize_value("�_�: �_�"��_""));

(This is why I dislike PHP, sorry)
egbert teeselink
23-Feb-2008 06:50
I'm horrible, forgot to include a helper function:

function getchild($node)
    if(count($node) > 1) echo "warning: node $node has more than 1 child";
    foreach($node->children() as $name => $subnode) {}
    return array($subnode, $name);
egbert teeselink
23-Feb-2008 06:49
If your PHP doesn't have wddx support installed, and you need it, and you don't want to install PEAR just for wddx, try this short piece of code, based on SimpleXML:

//can read any wddx file generated from php arrays. assumes var elements are only inside struct elements and that only one packet exists.
function wddx_read_node($node, $type)
    case "boolean":
        return (string)$node;
    case "number":
    case "binary":
    case "string":
        return (string)$node;
    case "null":
        return null;
    case "array":
        $a = array();
        foreach($node as $subtype => $subnode)
            $a[] = wddx_read_node($subnode, $subtype);
        return $a;
    case "struct":
        $a = array();
        foreach($node as $subtype => $subnode)
            list($key, $value) = wddx_read_node($subnode, $subtype); //must be a var element
            $a[$key] = $value;
        return $a;
    case "var":
        list($subnode, $subtype) = getchild($node);
        return array((string)$node["name"], wddx_read_node($subnode, $subtype));
    case "data":
        list($subnode, $subtype) = getchild($node);
        return wddx_read_node($subnode, $subtype);

function wddx_read($string)
    $xml = simplexml_load_string($string);
    $d = wddx_read_node($xml->data, "data");
    return $d;

important notice: this one may not work with all wddx input. multiple packets or variables outside a "struct" are not supported. basically, you always get a PHP (associative) array, never something else. feel free to make additions.
no at spam dot thx
12-Aug-2007 09:09
To bradburn at kiwi dot de:

PHP is only capable of serializing properly variables which match one of its native (scalar) types (See http://php.net/types). Which means that only variables of type booleans, integers, floating point numbers, string and NULL will be serialized properly.

I think there are two exceptions though:
- arrays are serialized by processing them recursively, so if its only composed of the above mentioned types, you should be fine.
- floating point numbers and integers may use the same representation while serialized in WDDX (I don't know much about WDDX, so I'm not 100% sure about this statement).

An interesting case would be whether objects can be serialized or not...
Jimmy Wimenta
16-Jul-2004 12:53
PHP's WDDX is useful only for exchanging data between PHP applications, but definetly not for exchanging data between different languages (which actually defeats the purpose of WDDX).

For example:

$hash1 = array ("2" => "Two", "4" => "Four", "5" => "Five");
$hash2 = array ("0" => "Zero", "1" => "One", "2" => "Two");

$hash1 will be serialized as hash, but
$hash2 will be serialized as array/list, because the key happen to be a sequence starting from 0.

Unless the library provide a way for users to specify the type, it can never be used for cross-platform data exchange.
Q1tum at hotmail dot com
21-Nov-2003 01:08
To insert arrays into a wddx variable here is a fine way to do it:


= 'SELECT * FROM example';
$query = mysql_query($sql, $db) or die(mysql_error());

$result = mysql_fetch_array($query)) {
$id[] = $result[ 'id'];
$name[] = $result['name'];
$description[] = $result[$prefix . 'description'];


wddx_add_vars($packet_id, "id");
wddx_add_vars($packet_id, "name");
wddx_add_vars($packet_id, "description");

$wddxSerializeValue = wddx_packet_end($packet_id);

12-Sep-2003 02:29
wddx isn't 100% perl compatible .. I have an wddx file infront of me and it only works with php so better don't use it
bradburn at kiwi dot de
30-Jul-2002 02:02
With ref to the above comment about typing, I have found that -- oddly enough -- PHP's WDDX supports the following WDDX types: null, boolean (true/false), number and string, *but* not date-time.

as an example, use the following values in an array that you then serialize:

$number = 5,
$null = NULL,
$bool = true,
$string = 'this is a string'.

they will all serialize correctly, e.g. the third entry comes out as:

<var name='bool'><boolean value='true'/></var>

i have tried with the 'official' format for WDDX 'datetime', e.g. '1998-9-15T09:05:32+4:0' (from the DTD @ http://www.openwddx.org/downloads/dtd/wddx_dtd_10.txt)  but have only succeeded in getting this encoded as a 'string' type.

if anyone else has any more information on this, it would be welcome. i would like to store the variables in 'appropriate' fields in a database, and the fact that only datetime is not supported is slightly irritating -- otherwise it would be a very useful function.
djm at web dot us dot uu dot net
19-Oct-1999 03:45
Since there aren't any examples of reversing the process, here's one. If you had the packet produced by the above example (without the htmlentities() call), you could retrieve the values like this:

= wddx_deserialize($packet);
"pi is:<br>" . $value["pi"] . "<p>\n";
"cities is:<br>\n";
while (list(
$key, $val) = each($value["cities"])) {
"$key => $val<br>\n";

which outputs:

pi is:

cities is:
0 => Austin
1 => Novato
2 => Seattle

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