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776  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: “Is PayPal good for your microISV business?” A short PayPal horror story on: December 23, 2009, 09:26:23 AM
Kafka - The trial, for anyone who hasn't read it yet. Very frightening when it actually happens in the real world.
777  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 23, 2009, 08:19:15 AM
just realised FarrWebMetaSearch could be (mis)used to read news feeds. because they are xml they are actually simpler to split up with regular expressions than 'normal' web pages.

here's an example:


description=Tages Anzeiger Front
searchUrl=http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/rss.html?
resultPattern=<item>\s*<id>\d*</id>\s*<title>(.*)</title>\s*<description><!\[CDATA\[(.*)\]\]></description>\s*<category>.*</category>\s*<link>(.*)</link>\s*<guid.*</guid>\s*<pubDate>(.*)</pubDate>\s*</item>
farrCaption=$1 ($4)
farrGroup=$2
farrPath=$3


will give you this:

[attachthumb=1]
778  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 21, 2009, 02:14:28 PM
I've recorded a short teaser screen cast.
779  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 17, 2009, 02:10:51 PM
I've changed the configuration files from xml to ini-style (see implementation notes in first post). Makes it much easier to handle the (already complex) regular expressions, as you don't have to encode < and > etc.. And then xml would be overkill for this anyway.

Capturing IMDB's output turned out to be a hard nut to crack. I'm afraid I can't offer anything satisfactory.
780  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Request for Assistance on: December 17, 2009, 05:00:38 AM
I'm looking for assistance with my FarrWebMetaSearch FARR plugin. The plugin can show search results from a web page whereby the results are extracted with a regular expression. So I'm looking for people who are either fluent with regular expressions or are more patient than I am Wink If you're interested please PM me so I can send you a preliminary version of the plugin and some instructions.
781  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 16, 2009, 02:49:33 AM
Amazon will be next on my list. I've ordered myself a Kindle for Christmas cheesy
782  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 15, 2009, 03:27:21 PM
I've implemented the most important features now, especially asynchronious searching. I'm going to try and add some more searches now with focus on stability. I'm going to start with IMDB then.
783  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 14, 2009, 02:42:54 AM
it doesnt show results live as we type does it?
It's meant to. But fetching something from the web obviously takes time. So currently the plugin is best suited to touch typists Wink
784  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 13, 2009, 04:52:18 PM
updated implementation notes and added a todo list
785  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Teaser: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 13, 2009, 03:45:43 PM
I've added some screen shots.
786  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / NANY 2010 Final Release: FarrWebMetaSearch on: December 11, 2009, 09:51:25 AM
NANY 2010 Entry Information

Application Name FarrWebMetaSearch
Version 0.9.1
Short Description A FARR plugin used to query results from a web page and display them in list form.
Supported OSes MS Windows
Web Page http://farrwms.objecttechnology.com
Download Link download
System Requirements
Version History
  • 0.9.1 - preliminary - use FARR's launching functionality to open URLs
  • 0.9.0 - preliminary - first release
Author phitsc
Credits Thanks to hamradio for designing the plugin icon!
Screencast http://donationcoder.com/...search/webmetasearch.html
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxKcvQ-uHjQ


Description
FarrWebMetaSearch is another generic web retrieval FARR plugin. Unlike ewemoas Webgrab this plugin will show results in list mode. It is therefore targeted at web sites delivering list-like results.

Configuration and usage of the plugin will be as follows:
  • searches are configured via a text configuration file, one for each 'search'. the file will specify search url and a regular expression to capture the result.
  • search terms will be specified through the FARR input box

See implementation notes further down for further clarification.

Features
It just does what it says in the description.

Planned Features
  • Fix icon copyright problem
  • Fix launching problem
  • Add proper help file
  • Add a way for users to contribute / get searches
  • Add logging/notification in case a configuration files is invalid
  • Improve usage for news feeds
  • Make original search string available as a variable
  • Add many more searches cheesy
  • Either make plugin asynchronious or implement some way to delay searching
  • Add a description for each search to xml files and FARR searches list
  • Implement filtering of searches
  • Implement auto-completion of searches with Enter key (well, maybe)
  • Add a way to specify search options (for web sites that support it)
  • Make parsing of searches files more robust

Screencast
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxKcvQ-uHjQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxKcvQ-uHjQ</a>

Screenshots

FarrWebMetaSearch Web Site
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CDDB[attachthumb=3][attachthumb=4]

and a teaser screencast.

Implementation Notes

FarrWebMetaSearch reads all configuration files in its searches subdirectory when it's being loaded. When the plugin alias (currently wms) is entered, it will list all configured searches. To use a search one would then enter, e.g.:

wms msdn PathAppend

to find MSDN entries for the PathAppend API function.

Search files currently look like this (this is the cddb.conf file):

description=Microsoft Developer Network
searchUrl=http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Search/en-GB?query=
resultPattern=<a onmousedown=\".*\" href=\".*\">(.*)</a>\r\n<br/>\r\n<div class=\"ResultDescription\">(.*)</div>\r\n<div class=\"ResultUrl\">(.*)</div>
farrCaption=$1
farrGroup=$2
farrPath=$3

The regex sub-expressions can (should, actually) be used to form the results.
787  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 - Pledge to Participate Here on: December 09, 2009, 02:00:10 PM
I'll try to make a simple FARR plugin. I hope I'll find the time. I hope I'll find the motivation. I hope what I have in mind will actually work cheesy
788  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FScript 1.9: querynokeyword problem on: December 09, 2009, 02:24:16 AM
I'm afraid it's what you currently have to expect. See here:

http://www.donationcoder....11804.msg136530#msg136530

Seems like mouser didn't address this issue yet. Most certainly because he's not aware of it Wink
789  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Geek gadgets - Calculators... on: November 20, 2009, 02:15:14 AM
I also have a 48gx now - awesome grapher but SLOW!
Indeed! The time I bought it, that was about 1993, that was a Killer Machine though.
790  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Learning Windows Script Host on: November 03, 2009, 03:21:12 AM
Ok.. thanks...  uhhh.. what are FARR plugins for huh

They extend Mouser's FindAndRunRobot program by further functionality. There's even a wish list, if you need ideas.
791  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Learning Windows Script Host on: November 03, 2009, 03:09:24 AM
Yes, you should definitely read the book. Then you'll be able to make us some nice FARR plugins Wink

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=12232.0
792  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Remember The Milk 1.1.0 on: October 11, 2009, 05:21:55 PM
Sorry for the lack of response. If you're willing to help I'll make you a special release with some debug code sometime next week.

Sure. What do you mean by "help"?

It just means you're willing to take the time to install the special debug version, run it, capture the debug output with a special tool and send that output to me by PM or email for analysis.
793  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Remember The Milk 1.1.0 on: October 09, 2009, 03:36:02 AM
I don't see incomplete tasks due before tomorrow in FarrMilk. Anyone else have this problem?
Arithmomaniac
Indeed.

I'm afraid now that I had a quick look at it in the debugger, I can't reproduce it any more Sad

How about now? It's still a problem for me...
Arithmomaniac

Sorry for the lack of response. If you're willing to help I'll make you a special release with some debug code sometime next week.
794  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: idea: FARR plugin school / tutorial / wiki on: October 01, 2009, 09:34:03 AM
phitsc you have been promoted.

Hey, I think that's the first time I hear this in my entire career! Wink
795  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: idea: FARR plugin school / tutorial / wiki on: October 01, 2009, 08:10:18 AM
Sorry for the stupid question: is signing up supposed to be enough for actually being able to edit pages in the wiki?
796  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Remember The Milk 1.1.0 on: October 01, 2009, 04:32:23 AM
I don't see incomplete tasks due before tomorrow in FarrMilk. Anyone else have this problem?
Arithmomaniac
Indeed.

I'm afraid now that I had a quick look at it in the debugger, I can't reproduce it any more Sad
797  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Remember The Milk 1.1.0 on: October 01, 2009, 03:09:58 AM
I don't see incomplete tasks due before tomorrow in FarrMilk. Anyone else have this problem?
Arithmomaniac
Indeed.
798  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Most Recently Used 1.0.0 on: September 19, 2009, 05:54:47 AM
Thanks for updating the latest version on the first page itself

Yep, that is what I did.
799  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Help us to prepare a master list of all plugins - plugin writers read in please on: September 18, 2009, 09:46:49 AM
Thanks paarkhi for volunteering! thumbs up

Mouser, do you mean reply on this thread or on the respective plugin's thread?
800  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR plugin: FARR Remember The Milk 1.1.0 on: September 10, 2009, 08:42:54 AM
I just tried this myself and it actually does work. Are you sure you enabled 'Parse task name for due date' in the FarrMilk options?

You are correct. My mistake.

Sorry.

I am having a tough week.Sad

The weekend is not far! smiley
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