Grab News Does Exactly What Its name Says, by Paul Millar
5 November 2001
GrabNews is an ASP, (Active Server Pages), 'application' which 'grabs' newsfeeds from external websites, eg. slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf,
and displays them on a web page.
It features a basic add news links page to make it easier to add newsfeeds to it and checks the URL for the newsfeeds to see if they exist or not.
It utilises the Microsoft XML parser to transform the newsfeed documents into HTML using XSLT, (Extensible Style Language Transformation)
The tool stores the 'grabbed' newsfeed in either an Access or MySQL database and will fetch a new newsfeed every hour.
The newsfeeds are generally written in either RDF,(Resource Description
Framework), or RSS, (RDF Site Summery), and the GrabNews XSLT stylesheet
can convert either format into HTML
RDF and RSS allows news websites to feature the headlines and links of
their news stories in a single document allowing other sites to display these on their sites.
GrabNews is covered by the GNU Public Licence, (GPL -
www.gnu/org) and is available to Download
Supposed to do exactly what the name says.
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