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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: shmuelisms
2004-03-04 02:08 pm (UTC)

Thank You

I was actually thinking of creating the "indexer" myself, as I want it customized in various ways, some specific to LJ. But I'll give it a look, and they have interesting resources as well. I will update this community if I get something done with this.

I didn't think it was much work, but web-programming is not my forte', so any pointers are better than none. I'm a Real-Time Geek.
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[User Picture]From: sui66iy
2004-03-04 03:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank You

swish-e is open source, so you might consider using it as a starting point. There are bunches of other open source text indexers out there, though. Half an hour with Google is your friend ;-)
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