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This Is Who I am and What I want to do [Jul. 20th, 2004|11:08 am]
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Well it turns out that I have known about livejournal for a good number of years now... I have always been a big fan but I never got around to joining until a relatively short while back... My reason for joining was to access friend's only blog posts... About 1.5 years ago-Spring 2003-(sheesh time flies) I started learning php and wrote myself a very rudimentary blog system nearly purely from scratch with simple text files I uploaded and parsed... It was fun, and was fitting into the site I was working on at the time... That was my senior year in HS and then I went off to College 1st semester worked on it some but not really I had too many things to do... This summer I get a good job... ponder the decision and decide the time has come to get my own domain name... http://www.digitalsneeze.com" [incredibly underconstruction]

Suddenly my interest and activities in webprogramming, php and programming in general skyrocket once again and I have a million and one ideas... I start a phpbb2 forum among tons of other ideas, I start reading my friends ljs more and more and I realize that my old blog just doesnt cut it and that I might as well add another project: an lj interface from my site...

What I am planning to do: modify my forums such that there is a section for the user's lj have the site fecth the data from the journal, have it parse the data and present it as i choose, and of course I cant take the easy route and just have the RSS feed... though I may still use it... I think I want to implement posting, editing, commenting, maybe friends as well. I am a big fan of php and what I have googled on the topic leads me invariably to this community, (along with livejournal pages pointing here) or to XML-RPC

What I am wondering is whether there are any packages already written that will fetch the data for php I know there are some that will do this for perl but well my knowledge of that is what I have learned while rapidly hacking towards an AIM bot (project also started this summer) I have also googled and found http://phpxmlrpc.sourceforge.net/ but what concerns me is the seeming lack of work on that project... That and also http://finalstand.archsysinc.com/ but this last will have to serve as a starting point unless i hear otherwise due to its current state of development.

Well at this point I have written a good amount and so I am going to stop... heh Sorry about that, this is actually my first non-comment post on LJ and if this project goes well, then it will definitely not be the last... (I actually intend to put my first post in right after this :D )

[my name:] Frederic Barthelemy

[User Picture]From: ibneko
2004-07-21 08:24 am (UTC)

Re: what?

Emulate... as in grab the lj page, modify some to make it look the way you want, then pass it onto the user? That's actually what I'm doing there... 'cept I'm stripping out practically all of the page, then setting up the form so that it the form sends the users to the official do-comment page (talkpost_do.bml). So: User, request->Your Server
Your Server, get page->LiveJournal
Your Server, parse page, fix, whatever, then send back to->User
User, sends comment in POST talkpost_do.bml request->Livejournal
LiveJournal, sends official Comment Posted page->User

Granted, you _could_ also do:
User, request->Your Server
Your Server, get page->LiveJournal
Your Server, parse page, fix, whatever, then send back to->User
User, sends comment in GET/POST request->Your Server
Your Server, passes comment->LiveJournal
It certainly gives you more control with where the users go... as with the former, users will have to rely on the back button to go back to your site. I think you could probably make an invisible frame that'll bring the users back though? I dunno. May not be a problem if all of your users are techie enough to know they were sent offsite. (as opposed to someone like my mom who would be very lost and confused. XD)

And yes, since each user would have his or her own IP, unless they are posting comments more than once a minute, they won't have problems. Even then, they'll just hit livejournal's prove-that-you-are-a-human page, and that shouldn't pose too much of a problem for most, unless they're both deaf and blind...

And yes, you can fetch the comments. PHP equiv:
$ch = curl_init("http://www.livejournal.com/['users' or 'community']/[username]/[entryid].html");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
$buffer = curl_exec($ch);

Umm. I assume it's returned in $buffer. I dunno, I've never used php to read site responses.. only done it in perl. I'm sure you can figure it out with a quick google serach though.
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