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The Blockland Informer 
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Post The Blockland Informer
[size=200]The Blockland Informer[/size]

[size=150]What is it?[/size]
The Blockland Informer is a system of scripts that allows you to keep up on news about Blockland. A PHP script gathers the RSS feeds of popular websites found suitable for post related to Blockland that have news that people actually want to read. The Title, Story, Publish date, and author are gotten out of the information gather, and goes into a MySQL database.

An in-game client allows you view these collected articles, and notifies you of new ones. It downloads these articles.


[size=150]News Sources[/size]
[list][*]Return To Blockland News[/*:m]
[*]Blockland News[/*:m]
[*]The Blockland Bulletin[/*:m][/list:u]

If you know of a reliable news source, and would like to be added, then post below or shoot me a PM.

I will not add any source without permission, except RTB's and Blockland's news, as I will most likely never get a response. They added RSS for a reason: To be used.

[size=150]Progress[/size]

[b][i]Server[/i][/b]
Gathering Script - Done
API - Not Started

[b][i]Client[/i][/b]
GUI - Started
Client Script - Not Started



Please give feedback.


Last edited by Dephurites on Fri, January 7th, 2011, 23:40, edited 2 times in total.



Fri, January 7th, 2011, 04:24
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
Yes please. I would totally need this. I assume it would have a nice big popup window appear when you open Blockland if there are new news? Also, The Blockland Bulletin.

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Fri, January 7th, 2011, 07:13
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
Oh goodie. This is an excellent idea. Add TBB nao pls.


Fri, January 7th, 2011, 07:49
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
I would suggest you start with the API so you will get the information you can use for the GUI.
Looking good though.

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Fri, January 7th, 2011, 10:27
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
Updated OP. I will start to gather TBB's news after I get permission.

-snipity-

EDIT: IcyGamma agreed to let me gather news!


Last edited by Dephurites on Sat, January 8th, 2011, 04:19, edited 2 times in total.



Fri, January 7th, 2011, 23:48
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
Protip: Never show something that is unfinished. Make the base idea and add most of the functionality so it looks nice and then post it if you need more ideas.

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Sat, January 8th, 2011, 00:56
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
IcyGamma has pulled out of TBI. He wants to see what the first version is like before he makes his final decision.

Also, API is done.
GUI is almost done - I still need to make the buttons do stuff
Client Script needs some work. It is downloading the articles fine though. Just functions to go the the GUI.

Who knows, could be done tomorrow.


Sat, January 8th, 2011, 07:49
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Post Re: The Blockland Informer
this seems cool


Sat, January 8th, 2011, 09:20
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