This morning was spent playing* with Yahoo Pipes
, an incredibly simple tool for taking a web page, RSS feed, etc. and producing something new out of it.
It's a web-based gui, and very simple to get going.
All I wanted was to take the Hacker News
Turns out I just had to drag a couple of boxes around.
Step 1: Swap over the "link" and "description" elements in the feed. But this leaves the link from the "description" with an unnecessary HREF around it, and the link from the "link" withough a needed one.
Step 2: Use a regex to encapsulate the url new "description" element in an HREF.
Step 3: Use a regex to extract the url from the new "link" element.
Step 4: There is no step 4.
Looks like it has a lot of potential.
You can see the finished version at here
One of the nicest things is that you can take that one, clone it, and do your own thing with it - which is how I got started...
*It wasn't just spent doing that. There was also an hour and a half involving a webcam and Julie. You don't get a screenshot of _that_ though.