Is ActioveResource suitable for use eBay/PayPal api's?

I’ve been having a play with eBay and PayPal API calls and am happily
getting xml responses using Net::HTTP calls but now I’m wondering if I
can use ActiveResource instead.

I’ve created a very basic ActiveResource class that has self.site set to
a full url that returns xml data in a browser window

e.g.

http://svcs.ebay.com/services/search/FindingService/v1?OPERATION-NAME=findItemsAdvanced&GLOBAL-ID=EBAY-GB&SERVICE_VERSION=1.1.0&SECURITY-APPNAME=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx&RESPONSE-DATA-FORMAT=XML&REST-PAYLOAD&keywords=bike&paginationInput.pageNumber=1&paginationInput.entriesPerPage=5

So I have a very basic active resource class that looks like this

class EbayResource < ActieResource::Base
self.site =
http://svcs.ebay.com/services/search/FindingService/v1?OPERATION-NAME=findItemsAdvanced&GLOBAL-ID=EBAY-GB&SERVICE_VERSION=1.1.0&SECURITY-APPNAME=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx&RESPONSE-DATA-FORMAT=XML&REST-PAYLOAD&keywords=bike&paginationInput.pageNumber=1&paginationInput.entriesPerPage=5
end

From the console I just try calling .find(:all) and .get(:all) but get
302 redirected responses with page not found messages.

Like I say with the correct SECURITY-APPNAME param set it works fine in
a browser just not from an ActiveResource class.

Obviously I could be doing this totally wrong and searching through
railscasts, Rails docs and other resources has turned up noting that I
can make any sense of and it makes me wonder if ActiveResource is
suitable for non REST style api calls.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

James

From this page:
http://www.therailsway.com/2007/9/3/using-activeresource-to-consume-web-services

  1. The service must understand Rails-style REST URLs. (e.g. “POST
    /credit_cards.xml” to create a credit card, etc.)
  2. The service must respond with a single XML-serialized object
    (Rails-style).
  3. The service must make appropriate use of HTTP status codes (404 if
    the requested record cannot be found, 422 if any validations fail, etc.).

2010/2/14 James W. [email protected]

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