This extension offers a PHP interface to the YAZ toolkit that implements the Z39.50 protocol for information retrieval. With this extension you can easily implement a Z39.50 origin (client) that searches or scans Z39.50 targets (servers) in parallel.
YAZ is available at http://www.indexdata.dk/yaz/. You can find news information, example scripts, etc. for this extension at http://www.indexdata.dk/phpyaz/.
The module hides most of the complexity of Z39.50 so it should be fairly easy to use. It supports persistent stateless connections very similar to those offered by the various SQL APIs that are available for PHP. This means that sessions are stateless but shared amongst users, thus saving the connect and initialize phase steps in most cases.
Compile YAZ and install it. Build PHP with your favourite modules and add option --with-yaz. Your task is roughly the following:
PHP/YAZ keeps track of connections with targets (Z-Associations). A positive integer represents the ID of a particular association.
Example 1. Parallel searching using YAZ()
The script below demonstrates the parallel searching feature of the API. When invoked with no arguments it prints a query form; else (arguments are supplied) it searches the targets as given in in array host.