python

Django RSS feed aggregators

The plan — integrate RSS feeds into my crappy car website. Re-syndicating many feeds from Autoblog.com (List of feeds)

Example

On the Toyota page of my site, display snippets from the Toyota feed.

Resources

Mark Pilgrim’s Feed Parser

Django Reader

Aggregator

How-To customize Aggregator

BeautifulSoup - convert/decode HTML entity codes into regular python string

Dear BeautifulSoup users,

Use convertEntities=BeautifulSoup.HTML_ENTITIES to decode or convert HTML entity codes into regular python strings.

Example:

‘>’ converts to ‘>’
‘&’ decodes ‘&’.

Background

I am working with an XML feed that has HTML embedded in it. By default BeautifulSoup will encodes characters into SGML (or XML or HTML) entities.

This is the XML message I receive.

<message><strong>Hello</strong> world</message>

Since BeautifulSoup automatically encodes the contents of the message to be safe for XML the string you get will be different from the raw XML I expected.

What I wanted

<strong>Hello</strong> world

Instead I got

&lt;strong&gt;Hello&lt;/strong&gt; world

Using convertEntites resolves the problem.

soup = BeautifulSoup(content, convertEntities=BeautifulSoup.HTML_ENTITIES)

Answer from StackOverflow

But available in BeautifulSoup Documentation I just didn’t understand their examples.

Django-tagging

Useful examples on how to effectively use the Django-Tagging application (plugin?)

Installation is simple. I believe easy_install django-tagging works.

Django-tagging code and documentation

Introduction to using django-tagging

Use the django-tagging tag cloud

Use django-tagging built-in views

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