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#1 Posted on 11.6.03 2211.59
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Can ANYONE tell me how they do that with the headlines? I know all about RSS feeds and stuff. But we all know that WWE.com and 1wrestling don't offer feeds.

What is the secret? Anyone?
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#2 Posted on 11.6.03 2338.24
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They either "screen scrape" (parse the relevant pages in Perl or PHP or whatever) or do it manually.
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#3 Posted on 12.6.03 0526.39
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Just something to note, a1wrestling always only links to the headlines page whereas wrestlingdb links to the article.
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#4 Posted on 13.6.03 1420.12
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I can answer that... since wrestlingdb is my site.

It's really no secret, and vacheroi is correct. I use PHP with Perl regular expressions to "match" the headlines and rip them out of the page. It's not an exact science and it requires a little bit of trial and error, but it works pretty well.

For example, for 1wrestling, after I've grabbed the page into a buffer, I use this code


$buffer = preg_replace("'^.*?<td width\=\"1%\">\ \;\ \; \;\</td\>(.*?)<td width\=\"1\%\">\ \;\ \;</td>[^>]*?>.*'s",'\1',$buffer);
$buffer = str_replace(' ','',strip_tags($buffer,'<a>'));
preg_match_all("'<a href=\'/(.*?)\'>(.*?)</a>\s?by\s(.*?)\s-.*?:\s(.*?M)'s",$buffer,$items,PREG_SET_ORDER);


The first line takes the page, and strips out most of header/footer type stuff, leaving the body of headlines.
The second line strips out all of the tags except for the links.
The third line then matches certain parts of the links and puts them into an array which I can then use to insert into a database.

Each site is a bit different, and when sites redesign, I have to go through the whole process of determining what'll work again.

If you have any other questions, let me know.

(edited by FriedEgg on 13.6.03 1520)
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