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Solving SOAP-ERROR: Parsing WSDL in PHP

Consuming web services is nothing special nor exciting. In one of my current projects I just did this. Using the web service on my development-system and on the test-system works just fine.

However when deploying the module to the production-system and using it an exception is thrown containing the following error:

SOAP-ERROR: Parsing WSDL: Couldn't load from 'https://my-webservice-provider/service.wsdl'

This exception was thrown during the initialization of my custom soap client (which derives from SoapClient). So what is the problem here? Two systems worked perfectly. One system is causing troubles. The issue is probably not caused by the code itself…


The error message given by the SoapClient is misleading and should be more precise! The openssl extension for PHP (php5-openssl) simply was not installed on the production system. Because the service is consumed via https openssl is a requirement.

I would asume an error message like: “Cannot load openssl extension” or something like that… But as TDD tells you: Don’t asume anything.

Solving utf-8-encoding-issues when connecting to oracle with php and oci8

In a recent project of mine a web-application is developed. This application consumes “some data” from an enterprise Oracle database. The development environment has the latest oracle drivers installed. Everything works as expected. Even the connection-speed is very good.
But then comes the deployment of that application. The production environment already runs for a while and hosts a certain amount of applications. Oracle driver had been installed a while ago.

Here comes trouble…

Both environments (production and dev/test-system) connect to the same Oracle database. Inside the production environment all data received from the Oracle database is corrupt due to wrong encoding. A simple mb_detect_encoding shows ‘UTF8′ which cannot be. The whole web-application “is” utf-8. There is no implicit or explicit conversion of encodings performed. So the problem must be caused by the Oracle drivers themselves.


setlocale did not work. The encoding option in the dsn (connection string) did not work. What did work was setting the NLS_LANG in the registry. The key can be found inside HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORACLE\{SomeInstance}. In this case the NLS_LANG was set to GERMAN_GERMANY.UTF8.

Geocoding über HTTP mit dem Google-Maps Geocoding-Service

Der Google-Maps-Service ermöglicht Geocoding mittels HTTP-Anfragen. Eine feine Sache und dank JSON als Rückgabeformat und json_decode sehr einfach zu nutzen.

Problem mit dem Encoding und json_decode

Der folgende Code liefert nicht das erwartete Ergebnis. Die Funktion json_decode liefert für die Antwort ein “leeres Ergebnis”.

Eine Analyse von $reponse zeigt einen fehlerhaft codierten String. Das ß ist falsch codiert, obwohl der Reponse in UTF-8 vorliegt (vorliegen sollte).

// Hinweis: Fehlerauswertung fehlt hier gänzlich,
// was in produktivem Code nicht sein darf!
$handle = curl_init ();
$url    = "http://maps.google.de/maps/geo?key=myKey&output=json";
$url   .= "&q=Vollmerhauser Straße 115, 51645 Gummersbach, Deutschland";
// Set curl options
curl_setopt ($handle, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt ($handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
// Get code and parse json
$response = curl_exec ($handle);
$json     = json_decode ($response);
curl_close ($handle);

Fügt man jedoch einen User-Agent als curl-option (CURLOPT_USERAGENT) hinzu, ist das Ergebnis korrekt und json_decode verrichtet seinen Dienst, wie erwartet. Ein sehr seltsames Verhalten…

// ... Code siehe oben
curl_setopt ($handle, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, 
    'Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; de-DE; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050309 Firefox/1.0.1');
// ... Code siehe oben


Der Geocoder liefert eigene Response-Codes (GGeoStatusCode) um den Status der Geocodierung anzuzeigen. Bei vielen Anfragen tritt häufig der Response-Code 620 (G_GEO_TOO_MANY_QUERIES) auf.

Google beschränkt also die Anzahl der Geocoding-Operation pro Sekunde. Deshalb müssen die Anfragen limitiert werden.

// Warte 100ms
usleep (100000);

Nun sinkt natürlich der Datendurchsatz, aber damit kann man leben, denn die Anfragen werden richtig beantwortet.

[Reminder] Disable output-buffering when sending a download to the browser

If you want to “send a file” to the browser (even if you do it in chunks) and your output-buffering is on you will get a fatal error when having large files.

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 0815 bytes exhausted

It makes sense. The data of the file gets buffered. And after a while the buffer is full.

Always disable your output-buffering before you start sending chunks of data (which represent a file download).

ob_end_clean ();