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Client server API without a password [Feb. 21st, 2004|12:29 pm]
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[mood |quixoticquixotic]
[music |Phorever People-The Shamen-Boss Drum]

It occurred to me this morning that it would be amusing to quickly scan all my friends and pull up the music they've been listening to lately. The "obvious" way to do this is to parse the HTML on my friends page and pull the Music field. But that's brittle, and parsing HTML is generally not fun. So I thought I'd just use the client-server API (I've used the flat API in the past to make backups and build a text index of my journal).

This would work fine, if all I cared about were the music I've been listening to lately, since I know my password. But I want to scan other people's journals. However, it looks like I can't without sending a password. Is there any way to grab this kind of data? It doesn't seem to be in the RSS feed.

Since I'm not interested in accessing private data, I wonder why the API requires a password. Perhaps it's to prevent people from building scanners like this? ;-)

[User Picture]From: sprote
2004-02-22 09:35 pm (UTC)


Journalert does it by fetching your friends page using a custom journal style that generates XML. Then you just run it through an off-the-shelf parser. The only drawback is that only paid accounts are allowed to specify custom styles when fetching pages. Oh, also, it was a bit tricky to get and send the right LJ login cookie to be able to access friends-only posts...
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