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News Harvesting with PHP?

Can I use a PHP script to do the same job as a PERL script?



9:57 am on Mar 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

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The Guardian Online [guardian.co.uk...] allow anyone to harvest their news content using a PERL script. Unfortunately our servers don't have PERL support, neither are they likely to - I'm at the mercy of our IT dept.

Do you think I could install a PHP script to do the same job? Or should I just kick my IT departments ass?


10:37 am on Mar 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Yep, you can do this with PHP :-)

Assuming that the content you want is at [somedomain.com...] , just put the following snippet at an appropriate point in your page to include the remote content:

for($i=0; $i< count($harvest) ; $i++) {

This will harvest on every visit to the page - you may want to think about caching locally, but if it's just a news feed then the above should work fine as it is.


10:54 am on Mar 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

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sugarkane - you truly are a star!

I'll give this a try and I'll let you know how I get on.

Many thanks.


11:11 am on Mar 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Well blow me!! It jolly well works!!

Brill - three lines of PHP that does exactly the same job as about 30 of PERL.



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