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RSS From Access Database
How do I create an xml RSS feed from an online access database?
radermacgk12




msg:4088949
 6:22 pm on Feb 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm trying to create a xml file that automatically updates with all the entries from my Microsoft Access database. It seems like it should be an easy task, but I don't have much experience with xml at all.

My database is hosted online at www.***.com/fpdb/webeditor3.mdb and I just want to retrieve and display the Title and Description fields for all the items from a table in the database called Results.

Can anyone help me out to what the code to use for this is? Would this file be saved as .xml or .asp or .aspx or what? Also, the server I'm using doesn't support PHP, so any solutions using it wouldn't work.

 

bill




msg:4089086
 4:25 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld radermacgk12.

It's been a while since I've worked with Access, so I won't give you good specifics on that end. However, you should be able to output data to a file that puts data into an RSS or Atom template. For example, you could use the RSS 2.0 Specification [cyber.law.harvard.edu] as a guideline to make a template for the output file. Then you just need to add the appropriate information fields from your database into the corresponding areas of the template.

dukelips




msg:4089099
 5:46 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

bill , is it possible to use an asp file as a feed

bill




msg:4089114
 6:34 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

It's an XML file being output, but you could use anything from PHP to ASP to create the file, as long as the final format is correct.

mack




msg:4089117
 6:53 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I can't comment to much on asp specificaly, but you can use almost any server side scripting language to create an xml file. I have done this in the past using php. What I did was create a file called feed.xml this file was in fact a php file with an xml file extension. I was then able to set up the server so that xml was handled in the same way php would be.

When a request was made for feed.xml the php file did its stuff, queried the database and created the output. To the browser or application that was requesting feed.xml they just saw xml output. If you set up your script to create xml style output, and have an xml extenson to the end user/applicaion it will be as good as a true xml file.

Mack.

dukelips




msg:4089872
 10:36 am on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<% Response.Buffer = true
Response.ContentType = "text/xml"



Function ApplyXMLFormatting(strInput)
strInput = Replace(strInput,"&", "&amp;")
strInput = Replace(strInput,"'", "'")
strInput = Replace(strInput,"""", "&quot;")
strInput = Replace(strInput, ">", "&gt;")
strInput = Replace(strInput,"<","&lt;")

ApplyXMLFormatting = strInput
End Function
%>

<rss version="2.0">
<channel>
<title></title>
<link></link>
<description></description>
<language>en-us</language>
<copyright>All Rights Reserved.</copyright>
<lastBuildDate><%=Now()%></lastBuildDate>
<ttl>20</ttl>
<%
Dim objConn
Set objConn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
objConn.ConnectionString = Application("forum_system_dsn")
objConn.Open

Dim objRS, strSQL, strDesc
strSQL = "sp_GetTop25Posts"
Set objRS = objConn.Execute(strSQL)

Do While Not objRS.EOF
strDesc = "<b>Message by " & objRS("MsgAuthor") & " on " & _
objRS("MsgDate") & " EST</b><br>" & _
objRS("MsgResponse").Value %>
<item>
<title><%=ApplyXMLFormatting(objRS("MsgTitle").Value)%>
(<%=ApplyXMLFormatting(objRS("MsgAuthor").Value)%>)
</title>
<link>http://www.aspmessageboard.com/forum/showMessage.asp?F=
<%=objRS("ForumID")%>&amp;P=1&amp;M=<%=objRS("MsgID")%></link>
<description><%=ApplyXMLFormatting(strDesc)%></description>
<datePosted><%=ApplyXMLFormatting(objRS("MsgDate"))%></datePosted>
</item>
<%
objRS.MoveNext
Loop

objRS.Close
Set objRS = Nothing

objConn.Close
Set objRS = Nothing
Set objConn = Nothing
%>
</channel>
</rss>

dukelips




msg:4089873
 10:36 am on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

The File should be saved as an asp file

bill




msg:4090436
 5:58 am on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

No. The file should be saved as XML. You just need to let the server know how to parse the XML file as ASP.

dukelips




msg:4091156
 1:08 am on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

feedburner accepts the asp file as input. if it saved as a xml file, how it will fetch data from the server side

bill




msg:4091162
 1:18 am on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

There are ways to get your webserver to parse other pages just as if they were ASP. You just need to configure your server to know that .XML files should be parsed the same way an .ASP page would.

dukelips




msg:4091220
 4:25 am on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

is it mandatory to have the feed as .xml file . can it be .rss file. Still the feeds appear in feedburner

bill




msg:4091225
 4:55 am on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

Feedburner is really off-topic to this thread.

If you want to make an RSS feed from an Access database then you would want to output an XML file in the format of the RSS specification linked to above.

dukelips




msg:4091243
 5:36 am on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

bill, but do the feed aggregators accept files other than .xml as feeds(if they comply to the specs)

bill




msg:4091250
 6:06 am on Mar 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm not sure what you're asking I guess. If the file complied with the XML specs then it would be an XML file.

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