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logging into NNTP server

 1:36 pm on May 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

My client want to use newsfeeds from the AP. Very pricey, but that's what he wants. They require that you login to their nntp server and grab the latest XML file.

How the heck am I supposed to do this? We have no access to install any components on our server. The servers are Windows 2003.

I would need something that would grab the latest XML every 5 minutes and then parse it to something for our website.

I have no knowledge of any of this, so any help is appreciated.



 9:08 am on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am presuming that AP distribute their news in the NewsML format.

If so then it is a pretty simple process of coding (Simple is a relative term remember:) ) an application to do the following.

Log onto the news server
grab the latest messages
parse the NewsML
squirt it into your pages

The specifics of which will depend on your exact requirements.

The sensible language for you to use, as you are on a Windows server, is ASP or .Net, but I have no experience of those. Personally I would code it in Perl where 90% of the modules you would need already exist.

I hope this help rather than confuses


 7:15 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

You will need to write a custom application to login and read the files. It's a ton of work but has been done before.

If you can't install any programs on your server than you are likely SOL.

Find a service that is a bit more user friendly.


 7:24 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

If installation on your server is a problem, you should look into their hosted service:



 8:25 pm on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Take a look at this stuff [scionet.com...]

It's XML/RDF based and handles all the XML, NewsML news feeds etc.

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