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RSS through RestfulService parse error


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17 February 2010 at 10:23am (Last edited: 17 February 2010 10:26am), Community Member, 150 Posts

Hi there,

I'm using this piece of code to embed news to a site via RSS.

   // Accepts an RSS feed URL and outputs a list of links from it
   function RestfulLinks($limit) {
      $delicious = new RestfulService('');      
      $conn = $delicious->connect();
      $result = $delicious->getValues($conn, "channel", "item")->getRange(0,$limit);
      $output = '';
      foreach ($result as $key => $value) {
         $output = '<b>' . $value->pubDate . '</b>' . ' &ndash; ' . $description . ' <a class="thickbox" href="'.$value->link.'?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=600&width=960">More...</a>';
      return $output;

This works perfectly, but sometimes I get the following error (and website is unavailable!):

Error: Uncaught Exception: String could not be parsed as XML
At line 217 in ......./public_html/sapphire/api/RestfulService.php

It looks like temporarily there is something strange going on in the feed (in this case wrong formatted or unavailable RSS feed?). Is there a way to make sure that this error doesn't affect my complete site. Something like: if feed cannot be parsed: do nothing.

Help is more than welcome, thanks in advance!


18 February 2010 at 7:40am (Last edited: 18 February 2010 7:40am), Community Member, 712 Posts

Exception handling?

try {
   // Code that might fail
} catch (Exception $e) {
   // Stuff to do if it fails.


18 February 2010 at 8:46am Community Member, 150 Posts

I'm sorry, I started with SilverStripe as a designer... learning by the day. Thanks Hamish, I managed to get that implemented.


18 February 2010 at 8:54am Community Member, 150 Posts

One question remains. As this worked before (parse errors started popping up a couple of days ago and I haven't been working on/updating this particular site), is there something wrong with this RSS feed that may be causing the parse error. Does anyone has an idea?

The feed URL is [url][/url]