PHP - Ajax RSS Feed Example


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RSS

Really Simple Syndication is used to publish often updated information from website like audio, video, images, etc. We can integrate RSS feeds to a website by using Ajax and php. This code demonstrates how to show RSS feeds in our site.

Index.html

Index page should be as follows −

<html>
   <head>
      
      <script>
         function showRSS(str) {
            if (str.length == 0) { 
               document.getElementById("output").innerHTML = "";
               return;
            }
         
            if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
               xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
            }else {
               xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
            }
            xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
               if (xmlhttp.readyState == 4 && xmlhttp.status == 200) {
                  document.getElementById("output").innerHTML = xmlhttp.responseText;
               }
            }
            
            xmlhttp.open("GET","rss.php?q="+str,true);
            xmlhttp.send();
         }
      </script>
      
   </head>
   
   <body>
      <p>Please Select an option to get RSS:</p>
      
      <form>
         <select onchange = "showRSS(this.value)">
            <option value = "">Select an RSS-feed:</option>
            <option value = "cnn">CNN</option>
            <option value = "bbc">BBC News</option>
            <option value = "pc">PC World</option>
         </select>
      </form>
      <br>
      
      <div id = "output">RSS-feeds</div>
      
   </body>
</html>

rss.php

rss.php has contained syntax about how to get access to rss feeds and return rss feeds to web pages.

<?php
   $q = $_GET["q"];
   
   if($q == "cnn") {
      $xml = ("http://rss.cnn.com/rss/cnn_topstories.rss");
   }elseif($q == "bbc") {
      $xml = ("http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_world_edition/americas/rss.xml");
   }elseif($q = "pcw"){
      $xml = ("http://www.pcworld.com/index.rss");
   }
	
   $xmlDoc = new DOMDocument();
   $xmlDoc->load($xml);
   
   $channel = $xmlDoc->getElementsByTagName('channel')->item(0);
   
   $channel_title = $channel->getElementsByTagName('title')
   ->item(0)->childNodes->item(0)->nodeValue;
   
   $channel_link = $channel->getElementsByTagName('link')
   ->item(0)->childNodes->item(0)->nodeValue;
   
   $channel_desc = $channel->getElementsByTagName('description')
   ->item(0)->childNodes->item(0)->nodeValue;
   
   echo("<p><a href = '" . $channel_link . "'>" . 
      $channel_title . "</a>");
   echo("<br>");
   echo($channel_desc . "</p>");
   
   $x = $xmlDoc->getElementsByTagName('item');
   
   for ($i = 0; $i<=2; $i++) {
      $item_title = $x->item($i)->getElementsByTagName('title')
      ->item(0)->childNodes->item(0)->nodeValue;
      
      $item_link = $x->item($i)->getElementsByTagName('link')
      ->item(0)->childNodes->item(0)->nodeValue;
      
      $item_desc = $x->item($i)->getElementsByTagName('description')
      ->item(0)->childNodes->item(0)->nodeValue;
      
      echo ("<p><a href = '" . $item_link . "'>" .
         $item_title . "</a>");
      echo ("<br>");
      echo ($item_desc . "</p>");
   }
?>

It will produce the following result −

RSS Feed Example

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