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#1 patbox

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:12 PM

I would like to add RSS feed from other web site to my web site. Can someone advice me how to do it for free?

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I saw some RSS to HTML or JAVA convectors... but I was not very satisfied wit it. Anybody has some experiences with this?
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:59 PM

I haven't done anything with RSS feeds, but I would imagine it being pretty easy, the best thing I could suggest is google...

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:29 AM

but I was not very satisfied wit it

Why not? What did you find, what did you expect it to do, and what did it really do?

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:56 AM

Why not? What did you find, what did you expect it to do, and what did it really do?


Well I want to put the RSS feeds from some newspapers to my webpage. The RSS to HTML converters I found on the net, have two main mistakes:
a.) it gives you some sort of formatting that sucks (the formatting is not easy to change)
b.) it bundles some sorts of adds together with it, so if the readers of my page read my page, there are advertisement links (which I both do NOT want and do NOT get paid for, finally it bothers the readers).

All I pretty much needs is a pain text feed 100% width to be displayed on the screen.


P.S: I realize the best would be to do my own programming, but that I am not able off. It seems that PHP and JAVA are the most used technologies.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:49 PM

Yep, you have a problem. All I can recommend is coding it yourself, or living with what you can find. There are no other options.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:41 PM

Well, we have free open source web browsers, free office software, free operating systems.... and we do not have free tools or scripts for web pages?

That is disappointg.
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:02 PM

There are all kinds of free scripts and free tools. You already said that you didn't like what you found, and you are unable to code it. So your options remain the same; live with what you find, or learn to code yourself. I can hit google and find all kinds of tools. For instance, this one will let me plug in a url of the rss feed, set some parameters, and will generate some javascript for me that I can drop into my code. Using one ofh te RSS feeds from BC, I got this with about 5 seconds effort:
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://itde.vccs.edu/rss2js/feed2js.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bleepingcomputer.com%2Ftutorials%2Ffeed%2F&chan=n&num=10&desc=1&date=y&targ=y" type="text/javascript"></script>

<noscript>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://itde.vccs.edu/rss2js/feed2js.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bleepingcomputer.com%2Ftutorials%2Ffeed%2F&chan=n&num=10&desc=1&date=y&targ=y" type="text/javascript"></script>

<noscript>
<a href="http://itde.vccs.edu/rss2js/feed2js.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bleepingcomputer.com%2Ftutorials%2Ffeed%2F&chan=n&num=10&desc=1&date=y&targ=y&html=y">View RSS feed</a>
</noscript>
</noscript>

It didn't cost me a dime. There are tons of free tools to help you create HTML also. You get what you pay for though, which is not a lot of hand holding, or lots of "gee-whiz" effects, and all of them will take some effort from you to figure out how to put them together. If you want to add an RSS feed tyo your website, you will have to use javascript. Short of having your own server running something like php or perl, that is the only way. HTML is not able to pull it off. If you do not like the way it is being displayed, then you need to learn how to do http requests using javascript, learn how to parse the xml using javascript, and then convert it to HTML using javascript.

The free scripts out there were written for some particular purpose, and the author was kind enough to share them. It is up to you to alter them to suit your needs. The chances that you are going to run across someone that has written a script that does exactly what you want is almost zero. That's just the way it is. You can't possible expect that someone is going to do it for you? So my answer stands, either you are going to have to learn how to do some programming, or you are going to have to live with what you find. It is not that big of a job. While javascript has some very complicated functionality, basic scripts take almost no effort, and HTML can be learned in a few hours. Those are your choices. :thumbsup:




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