May 05, 2003
RSS Feeds into Blackboard
Not to be outdone by Brian (Displaying RSS Feeds in WebCT), I found a niche of time to do the same proof of concept in Blackboard.
Here are some screens of two feeds in one Bb page, one from HUMBUL:
and one from our MLX:
For a rough version of the running parser see this example that does it for our MLX:
Tossing it into a Bb page is a matter of writing the correct JS tag:
so one one just have to change the value of src= for the desired feed.
Getting fancier involved inserting some CSS. More on that later. It is really crude, but making it pretty would just take a bit more time.
(1) The XML Parser is the OnyxRSS conde from ReadingEd. Be sure to check the docs there.
(2) Because D'Arcy is listening, here is the source to my PHP script.
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Alan, that's great! Any chance you'd share that .php?
See notes I added above. It likely would have been easier to use the same Adam Curry RSS parser Brian et al did, but I wanted to see what it took to run my own. That was the easy part, I fumbled more with typos and other goofs.
D'Arcy is _always_ listening... Might not be communicative, but I'm listing.
Thanks for posting the source to the PHP/RSS thingy!
Great to see OnyxRSS is working out for you. I found this post of yours through my referral logs. The College I attend uses Blackboard, maybe I'll show them the way. :)
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