We all have been in situations were we need content or information from a connected website, but have no access to a REST Api or any other backend feed.
In these cases screen scraping is the only option to get needed information to finalize an integration. You can do that directly in CURL, but that can be tedious. Far easier to use a nicely packaged solution that combines a component that simulates web browser behavior and a component that eases DOM navigation for HTML and XML documents. Meet Goutte!
Install via composer.
composer require fabpot/goutte
Login into a website and navigate to the page that has your needed information
PHP dotenv loads environment variables from .env to getenv(), $_ENV and $_SERVER automagically.
You should never store sensitive credentials in your code. Anything that is likely to change between deployment environments – such as database credentials or credentials for 3rd party services – should be extracted from the code into environment variables.
Add your application configuration to a .env file in the root of your project. Make sure the .env file is added to your .gitignore so it is not being checked-in.
After some downtime, GreenApe is breathing again. I revived the brand with a good friend of mine and we will be reopening shop options shortly.
Michael and I have been friends for a long time. We have been working on many different projects over the years.
He launched GreenApe in 2011 and I helped him with his first steps. A couple of months ago we decided to merge our competences and expand what GreenApe offers and stands for.
From the website: “The GreenApe brand was established in 2011. GreenApe’s career began with the 1st Single Malt Whisky Coffee.
As the first of its kind, our coffee is refined with Original Single Malt Whisky. To this day, he pampers many connoisseurs and gourmets with his unique taste. Now there is another reason to rejoice.
From now on, we are continuously expanding the GreenApe product world with several stylish gadgets and useful accessories. For you this means that you will be able to discover even more beautiful, special or practical things in the future.“
GreenApe is all about lifestyle & leisure products, fun gadgets and unique food & drinks.
What is a slug ?
A slug is a part of a URL which identifies a particular page on a website in a form readable by users. It’s the nice part of the URL, which explains the page’s content. In WordPress, it’s the editable part of your URL that you can edit when writing a new post.
nSlug allows to create those urls for any language easily.
// English strings.
echo$slugGenerator->generate('Hello World');// Prints 'hello-world'.
echo$slugGenerator->generate('Life is too short!');// Prints 'life-is-too-short'.
// Arabic strings.
echo$slugGenerator->generate('صباح جميل');// Prints 'صباح-جميل'.
echo$slugGenerator->generate('مساء الخير');// Prints 'مساء-الخير'.
Underscore.php features a good hundred of methods for all kinds of types : strings, objects, arrays, functions, integers, etc., and provides a parsing class that help switching from one type to the other mid-course.