Hello, world ! Welcome to the weblog of Kristof Willen. This is the place where I publish some weird and interesting links I encountered during my dwellings in cyberspace. Apart from that, you can find some useful/useless information about myself.
Isn't the Perl advent calendar cool ? One of the entries pointed to an article on O'Reilly.net about hacking some RSS spiders, which is what DarkChannels exactly is. It mentions the Perl modules Template::Extract and XML::RSS::Parser::Lite, which you can use to create your own RSS agregator. I certainly recommend Template::Extract, which is very usefull if you have complex datafiles from which you have to get your information.
Yesterday evening, I rewrote DarkChannels completely in Perl, so I could finally ditch the crappy shellscript I used to fetch the RSS feeds. So for now, DarkChannels 0.2 is just the same car, but with a different - and better - engine. Version 0.3 is already being coded, and will contain more functional enhancements.
I have made a feeble attempt to rewrite the dying XULchannels in Perl. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my own news aggregator, DarkChannels v0.1.0 (alpha release). It contains some sites I visit frequently, and -just for now- only gets updated once a day.
I'm enrolled at work in some weeks of heavy Perl coding. But once I'm busy coding, it's hard to stop myself : I have written my own version of the dying XULChannels, called DarkChannels. And I've Perlified the shellscript that I use to generate this site from a local PHPNuke engine.
We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.
One of the highlights of every OSCON is Larry Wall's annual State of the Onion address, covering Perl, philosophy, linguistics, music, theology, science, and usually funny other things thrown in for good measure. These are the thoughts of the man behind perl. (This explains a *lot* about perl. ;)