Today I discovered the very handy Magpie RSS (GPL licence) RSS feed parser which has these great features:
- Easy to Use – As simple as: require(‘rss_fetch.inc’); $rss = fetch_rss($url);
- Parses RSS 0.9 to RSS 1.0, and most other RSS formats, including support for 1.0 modules and limited namespace support. RSS is packed into convenient data structures; easy to use in PHP, and appropriate for passing to a templating system, like Smarty.
- Integrated Object Cache – Caching the parsed RSS means that the 2nd request is fast, and that including the rss_fetch call in your PHP page won’t destroy your performance, and force you to reply on an external cron job. And it happens transparently.
- HTTP Conditional GETs – Save bandwidth and speed up download times with intelligent use of Last-Modified and ETag. See HTTP Conditional Get for RSS Hackers
- Configurable – Makes extensive use of constants to allow overriding default behaviour, and installation on shared hosts.
o rss_fetch.inc – wraps a simple interface (fetch_rss()) around the library.
o rss_parse.inc – provides the RSS parser, and the RSS object
o rss_cache.inc – a simple (no GC) object cache, optimized for RSS objects
o rss_utils.inc – utility functions for working with RSS. currently provides parse_w3cdtf(), for parsing W3CDTF into epoch seconds.
o Secure – supports HTTP authentication, and SSL
o Bandwidth friendly – supports transparent GZIP encoding to reduce bandwidth usage
o Does not use fopen(), work even if allow_url_fopen is disabled.