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Closing Time - PHP

Ever wondered if you could be emailed automatically whenever yourfavorite Web pages changed? Our intrepid developer didn't just wonder -he sat down and wrote some code to make it happen. Here's his story.

  1. Watching The Web
  2. Code Poet
  3. Digging Deep
  4. Backtracking
  5. Plan B
  6. Closing Time
By: The Disenchanted Developer, (c) Melonfire
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October 23, 2002

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And that's about it. I set up the database for the pretty dark-haired girl, restarted the "cron" daemon on our intranet server, and went back to work. This utility was a pleasant detour from my daily development tasks - I learnt a little bit about HTTP, socket connections, the MD5 algorithm and reading files over HTTP - and I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed developing it.

In case you'd like to read more about the techniques discussed in this article, here are a few links that I found helpful:

The HTTP 1.1 specification, at ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2616.txt

The MD5 Message-Digest Algorithms, at http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc1321.html

The PHP mail() function, at http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.mail.php

The PHP md5() function, at http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.md5.php

Using remote files with PHP, at http://www.php.net/manual/en/features.remote-files.php

Using PHP from the command line, at http://www.php.net/manual/en/features.commandline.php

Until next time...ciao!

Note: Examples are illustrative only, and are not meant for a production or professional services environment. Melonfire provides no warranties or support for the source code described in this article. YMMV!

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