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I am building a job board website in PHP. I need to be able to parse PDF documents which I am unable to do. Is there a way to write a Java program to do the parsing and send this program a request?

Yes, you can write a Java microservice to handle this. One approach would be to provide the PDF upload via a PHP form, then when the upload is complete invoke your Java app from the command line via PHP's exec function. Be very, very careful about how you do this - never pass anything directly from the user (such as the filename) to the exec command. Once the Java process exits you can then read the parsed data back into your PHP app via its filesystem functions. There are other, better approaches to integrating with microservices, but this is probably the easiest to implement for a beginning-intermediate PHP developer. That said, you probably want to just grab a PDF parsing library. Don't reinvent the wheel unless you absolutely have to. There are a few to choose from. I can't remember what I used the last time I had to do this, but this one looks like the presently most-popular choice

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I'll give it a go and let you know how it went. Now, I know that you're thinking — why not just use the built-in PDF library instead of writing your own?  Great question. The fact is that writing your own PDF library and writing it to the class path is pretty straight-forward.  It's also very possible, even easy, to use the built-in PDF library and not need to write an entirely custom Java implementation. (But again, you should never ever do this; never ever use a library unless you absolutely have to.  Also, it's a bad idea even to write a class path for them. You should know exactly what's loaded before you even write to that file. You don't just go on loading up an executable and hoping that a PDF parser will come along for the ride. That's not PHP. That's loading up Python or Ruby, and that's very bad for you. I hate that. ).

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