View Full Version : Need help determining best programming language

08-25-2006, 10:01 PM
As a newcomer to web programming, I am having a hard time determining the best language to use to write a program that I am starting.

I have a Windows program that generates RSS feeds by scraping a couple of websites I monitor. I have to run the programs manually, then ftp the XML files on my webiste so that my reader can read them.

What I want to do is have a program run on my website and create the XML files on the website automatically every hour.

Anyone have any opinions on what is the simplest language to implement this?

08-26-2006, 09:04 AM
If it was my choice I would choose PHP. MagpieRSS: RSS for PHP (http://magpierss.sourceforge.net/) - Many php readers use this as base. If you go to thier links page at the top you will see a list of programs that use it. I have personally installed and used Feed2JS which works well and I think would be the best for you. Unfortunatly when I just tried the site it was down so not sure if the project is still around. Feeds on Feeds may work for you but it is a bit more complicated. There are links to Articles below the listed programs that you may want to take a look at if you want to create something on your own. :)

PHP can be pretty easy to learn. Just remember that you always want to edit PHP in a plain text editor like NotePad. NOT something like MSWord or other "fancy" wordprocessor.

Tom Howard
08-30-2006, 08:48 AM
I've become a big fan of Ruby lately. It has excellent string parsing abilities and libraries for working with XML. I think it is a clean language that is pretty easy to learn.