"module of the day" feed idea - was Re: [GRASS-user] r.to.vect to selected locations only

Markus Neteler neteler at osgeo.org
Sat Jun 28 06:54:57 EDT 2008

Hi all,

maybe you didn't realize, but the module of the day is already online :)
Kudos to Francesco Pirotti!


On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 10:55 PM, Dylan Beaudette
<dylan.beaudette at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Friday 27 June 2008, Paulo Marcondes wrote:
>> 2008/6/24 Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org>:
>> > On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM, Hamish <hamish_b at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> >> random idea:
>> >> Maybe we could add a "module of the day" feed on the grass webpage with
>> >> module name and label/description one-liner. I continue to find new
>> >> modules many years after first using grass.
>> >
>> > Nice idea indeed.
>> > I guess a bit of PHP/XML hacking is sufficient ... volunteers?
>> I really like the idea. RSS would be great.
>> I'd code it myself if I had any clue.
>> thanks anyway, nice addition to the homepage.
> A simple approach to this might involve something like:
> 1. extract module name / 1-liner to a database table, keep it updated from
> time to time
> 2. periodically query the table for a random row (via PHP)
> 3. convert the returned record into a formatted string, or XML for delivery
> RSS style
> 4. use some PHP to access the day's module/desc. and insert it into a small
> container on the main page.
> if we have access to PHP / database it is a very simple matter to construct
> these queries. for something this small and specialized a file-based DB like
> sqlite would work just fine. There are several PHP XML libraries for
> constructing XML/RSS - so there wouldn't be a need for wheel-reinventing.
> Dylan

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