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Where To Start

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I am creating a website to sell properties .I have been offered a database feed to add to my site, but I have no idea how to get started .the url of the feed is http://www.macanthon...evelopments.xml .
I have to have all the properties on my site and also need to have the ability to search them .
I am sure this is all fairly elementry stuff but I dont know where to begin . and all the articles I have read lose me within seconds .
As you might guess I am quite a newbie in web developing.
Are there programs that can automate this task?
any help would be greatly appreciated. :crazy:

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Re: Where To Start

Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:19 PM

The feed you are being offered is an XML feed. The general procedure you'll want to follow is to
  • Get the XML data
  • Parse the data
  • Store the data
  • Use the data
You can get a good start on XML over at W3, or xml.com. Beyond that, it's a little hard to advise what tact you should take without more information. What scripting languages does your website support? ASP.NET has some pretty robust built in XML classes and functionality. On the other hand you can probably get the feed with php's file() function, or something from the curl library. I also think there's a php parser for xml, or you can use the proper extension to write one...can't think of the proper name.

Cyberscribe probably knows it.
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Re: Where To Start

Posted 22 February 2005 - 04:52 PM

ummm.... http://www.php.net/xml
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Re: Where To Start

Posted 22 February 2005 - 05:51 PM

if you have php 5 http://php.net/manua...f.simplexml.php
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Posted 22 February 2005 - 07:47 PM

Nice...I hadn't seen those ones before!
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Re: Where To Start

Posted 01 March 2005 - 05:07 AM

Thanks for your responses . My server does not support any of the above without me paying extra so I am going to swap to another host .When I do this which will be easier to get up and running with what I want to do, one that supports asp or one that supports php?
or other alternatives always welcome Ineed to be able to get this running a.s.a.p.
regards Phil

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Posted 01 March 2005 - 07:48 AM

Both php and asp (or ASP.NET) have their respective strengths, and the will both accomplish what you need. You can go with either. I can tell you that generally speaking, a php hosting package will cost you less than an ASP hosting package, so that may be a consideration.
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