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Parsing a RSS Feed

Posted by Wed, 11 May 2005 21:44:00 GMT

2 comments Latest by Neil Chandler Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:43:09 GMT

A friend was asking me how they could easily read a RSS feed and display the last x items in their rails project. This was my quick and dirty response.

require 'rss/2.0'
require 'open-uri'

class RssfeedController < ApplicationController

  def index
    feed_url = ''
    output = "<h1>My RSS Reader</h1>" 
    open(feed_url) do |http|
      response =
      result = RSS::Parser.parse(response, false)
      output += "Feed Title: #{}<br />" 
      result.items.each_with_index do |item, i|
        output += "#{i+1}. #{item.title}<br />" if i &lt; 10  
    render_text output


Is there an easier way to do this with another RSS library? I figured that the simplest method would be to just use the standard library that comes with Ruby.

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    blah Sat, 03 Jun 2006 23:45:43 GMT

    blah blah blah. wanna buy some erection cream?

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    Neil Chandler Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:43:09 GMT

    Just a quick update. The last line

    posts[0..length – 1] if posts.size > length

    will only return posts if the rss returns a number of posts > length otherwise it returns nil

    posts.size > length ? posts[0..length – 1] : posts

    should be used to return all posts when the total available posts is less the length