In case if you are coming to my blog to find out why Grab Yahoo demo is not available anymore – here is why. Few weeks ago I found that my hosting service has been terminated by Bluehost – reason given was that one of my domains is acting as a phishing site.
When I called up Bluehost they referred me to my Grab Yahoo demo page – which is broken for a while now. Apparently Yahoo! complained to bluehost that the demo page for Grab Yahoo is a phishing site. Well, FYI Yahoo!, this PHP script that I wrote a long long time ago uses PHP’s cURL library to authenticate users and then allow them to put their contacts in an array. Since you (Yahoo!) have been constantly changing your login forms, added captcha etc the class (Grab Yahoo) had to be modified to keep working – which I stopped doing for a while. Due to the fact that it stopped working – when authentication failed it took users to Yahoo! login page – as I had follow redirection turned on for debugging at one stage. Anyhow, if you want to validate you can always download the PHP file from phpclasses.org – just look for Grab Yahoo.
Finally after months of waiting I’ve updated Grab Yahoo class on PHPClasses.org and PHPKode.com.
Thanks to Ovidiu who fixed the latest problem. I’ve tested it and is working as expected. The demo is running http://resource.bdwebwork.com/GrabYahoo/ and latest code can either be downloaded from PHPClasses.org or PHPKode.com.
Grab Yahoo class was one of my works that has been used by many people around the world. Since I released this class I did not have a single month without comments or questions or suggestion about this class. Some people have copied the class, released it under their name (simply taking out my comments and added their own) to increase traffic to their site probably. But more importantly this class was appreciated by many. This was one of my finest contribution to the open source world.
How did I come up with this idea?
Well, I cannot remember which user group but in one of the groups I participate in had a discussion over if PHP can pull data off from places like Yahoo and use it for some purpose. Users on the group said this can be done (easily) with Java, but cannot be done with PHP. So I started researching over it. I found the cURL extension for PHP which seemed the good candidate to do the job. So I started working on it. After days of coding I finally wrote a script that will allow someone to login to their Yahoo account and fetch data from their address book. Initially I simply had a script but then I converted it to a Class allowing people to grab their address book, messenger list, number of new emails and calendar data.
What is happening now?
As per the title of this post this class is in “coma”. The reason is the update to Yahoo address book export mechanism. They have placed a CAPTCHA validation page in the export feature and, therefore, my Grab Yahoo class cannot go any further to grab the content it needs. Same thing happened with the LinkMeIn class which stopped working after LinkedIn added the CAPTCHA validation.
Why is this class in “coma”?
I have looked at the Yahoo address book export feature and found the CAPTCHA validation which will not allow the class to work. But I’ve not done my complete research on it yet, to make sure there is no other way to make this class functional. So, for the time being, this class is in “coma”. If I fail to revive this class I will probably officially pronounce it “dead”.
Can you help?
Yes, of course, you can. I hardly have time, these days, to sit with these side projects. If anyone from the community has time to research and help me revive this class it will be appreciated. Your name will go into the credit section of the class, well that is all I can offer!
Ever wanted to redirect users from one domain to other or one sub-domain to other without compromising the the file path or query string variables? I’ve come across the requirement when I published my WordPress blog.
For testing, I initially installed WordPress on a testing sub-domain, where I imported all the blog entries and added blog-roll links. After doing so, PHPClasses.org picked up my entries for Grab Yahoo, LinkMeIn and MySpace profile updater as track-back links. Later when I switched to my main sub-domain, I’d to find a way to keep the track-back links as is, and redirect users to the proper locations. The trick was done by .htaccess file.
After reading the apache’s documentation on mod_rewrite module, I’ve successfully implemented it. If you want people accessing http://sub1.yourdomain.com/2/12/some-post-of-yours/ to go to http://sub2.yourdomain.com/2/12/some-post-of-yours/ then in the root of sub1 (first sub-domain) create a .htaccess file and add the following lines:
RewriteRule (.*) http://sub2.yourdomain.com/$1
I have not read much and not sure if there’s any other option to do this more efficiently; but this trick has served my purpose.
Today my new class LinkMeIn was released on PHPClasses.org. I have developed this class about couple of months back but did not have enough time to sit and arrange the files to upload on PHPClasses.org. After Grab Yahoo and MySpace Profile Updater classes this is my third class for same type. This class allows any registered LinkedIn.com user to enter their login information and get the contact list. The list is returned as an array or RSS 2.0 format.
I will update LinkMeIn class in future to add more functionalities to it. For the time being if you want to test it, please visit the LinkMeIn Demo location. To report any bug please use PHPClasses.org Support Forum and if you want to contact me directly please go to the Contact section.