Saturday, 19 April 2014

Author customization

Finished base functionality for back-end and UI to allow user to add new feeds to the RSS Watcher and to specify how the author should be extracted. Still need to move the IOL, MG, and Grocott's feeds to the new system and tidy up a bit, but the basic functionality can be seen at

Started negotiations for server in the Struben building. Unfortunately, short term plans involve this server being accessible only on the Rhodes intranet, but I plan to add several new feeds once this is done (hopefully by the end of next week). The DO server is already battling with the load generated by just three feeds, so I will not be adding new publications before I can move over to the new server.

Added user-agent spoofing for http requests as a fallback because some sites send 403 errors if the user-agent is not set to one of the common browsers.

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