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Zorba with PHP 5 - Ubuntu Installation

Initial setup

These steps were checked on Ubuntu 10.10. Send us email with the results you had on different platforms.

Install Apache HTTP Server

$ sudo apt-get install apache2
Once the web server installation is done, PHP5 needs intalled also.

Install PHP5

$ sudo apt-get install php5 php5-dev libapache2-mod-php5 php5-curl php5-gd \
php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-ps \
php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl php5-common
Let's create a new PHP file to ensure everything is working:
$ sudo pico /var/www/test.php
Add this code to the file:
Restart Apache so all the prior changes get applied:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Now using a web browser point it to: http://localhost/test.phpCheck if php works corectly.

Installing Zorba

Get Zorba sources and follow Zorba Build Instructions.Check Zorba is working.
$ zorba -q '2+1'
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
Check php test is working.
$ ctest -R php
Start processing tests
Test project /tmp/zorba-1.2.0/build
1188/1188 Testing php                             Passed
100% tests passed, 0 tests failed out of 1
Passing the php test means that PHP5 is instlled corectly and there is a succesfull build that includes the PHP swig binding.

Enable Zorba extension in PHP

Copy Zorba extension library files to /usr/local/lib/php/.
zorba/build$ cp swig/php/ swig/php/zorba_api_wrapper.php /usr/local/lib/php/
Add the following lines to /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini file.
Restart Apache Http server
$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Refresh browser: http://localhost/test.phpCheck if zorba_api is in the list of php known extensions.

Verify it works

Add the following content to /var/www/zorba.php:
<title>Zorba test</title>
    // include Zorba API
    require_once 'zorba_api_wrapper.php';
    // create Zorba instance in memory
    $ms = InMemoryStore::getInstance();
    $zorba = Zorba::getInstance($ms);

    try {
        // create and compile query string<
        $queryStr = '1+2';
        $query = $zorba->compileQuery($queryStr);

        // execute query and display result
        $result = $query->execute();
        echo $result;
        // clean up
    } catch (Exception $e) {
        die('ERROR:' . $e->getMessage());
Point your browser to http://localhost/zorba.php and see the result.

Further reading

For more details on how to use Zorba API in PHP go to Building XQuery-powered applications with PHP and Zorba article by Vikram Vaswani.