Relates to Apache and PEAR, Blogging

Trendalicious provides a nice way to keep track of popular links in the database of social bookmarks. Unfortunately trendalicious does not come equiped with syndication, but it only takes a bite of the PEAR to put a simple request page together with HTTP_Request, Cache_Lite and an RSS builder.

// code snippet
$cache = new Cache_Lite($cache_options);

if (! $data = $cache->get(TRENDALICIOUS_URL)) {

    $r = new HTTP_Request(TRENDALICIOUS_URL);
    $page = $r->getResponseBody();

    // create rss content from data in $page



header('Content-type: text/xml');
echo $rss_content;

Since I intended on plugging this into Firefox live feeds, I gave the cache file a lifetime of 60 minutes to avoid bombarding the trendalicious page. Also I wanted to keep the feed private (need to keep personal bandwidth down as well), so I set up some basic security measures with mod_rewrite, a subdomain?

RewriteCond   %{HTTP_HOST}       !^subdomain
RewriteCond   %{REMOTE_ADDR}  !^xxx\.xxx\.xxx\.
RewriteRule .* -  [F,L]

? and a directive in robots.txt file.

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 06, 2005 at 01:53:39.

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