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James Riter Does Who Pees In The Shower

Well, I have started a new site that I am doing for fun.

Who Pees In The Shower

http://whopeesintheshower.com

 

First thing you have to know is this just just for fun. :)   I was standing around at home one day and started to think how many people really pee in the shower. . . (Lets not talk about what I was doing . . lol)  So that was the start of it, right of the bat I knew I would want a little help dealing with the data base so I talked to a friend that I work with to see if he would be willing to put in a little time and come up with the proper form and database for the site to use.

At first he really did not seem in to the idea but after he got home and was. . . (guess away) he changed his mind. .

 

So that was the start of whopeesintheshower.com :)

I had Robert take care of the form and database for the form well I did the design / coding, both us us have added in our own custom PHP with his dealing with the form and mine dealing with the twitter feed and customizing wordpress.

 

The point of the site is just to smile and see the numbers and facts. :)

 

There has been one thing I have learned from this site and that is.

It is easy to come up with an idea and fun to make that idea come to life but marketing that idea is not as easy as it would sound.

Well I do think a lot of people would enjoy coming to the site and voting and adding in little bits of information or there own stories when they can. I have not had any real luck getting people to spread the word. :(

But that is good and bad, I now having a testing ground and a way to see what gets your name out there and what does not.

 

All in all it was a fun site to code and is some thing I do plan adding to as often as I get a chance.

 

Until then, go to  http://whopeesintheshower.com to vote and comment!!

 

James Riter

 

Add Yahoo Weather To Your Site With PHP

For the past few weeks I have been working on a type of CMS that does not need MySQL or any date base for that matter. :)

I am still new to php so this has been my helping hand in getting to learn a little. I am now on V2 of what I am calling Proclarush. (Yes I am a Stargate fan) And after setting up all the files and getting things to link rite I am now adding in some plugins. The one that was a pain to find was one for weather.

So lets get in to adding some weather to you site!

How I am doing this is by calling a .php file in to my site like this.

<?php include_once ('weather.php'); ? >

You can add that where ever you want your weather to show up.
**If you are new, make sure you are working with a .php file “index.php”**

Now to the code in side the weather.php I am going to put it all in at once and then help you out with how it works the best I can.

<div id="weather">
<h2 class="h2"> Weather </h2>
<?php
$weatherZIPCODE = "89145"; //Change The Zip HERE

function retrieveYahooWeather($zipCode = '$weatherZIPCODE') {
$yahooUrl = "http://weather.yahooapis.com/forecastrss";
$yahooZip = "?p=$zipCode";
$yahooFullUrl = $yahooUrl . $yahooZip;
$curlObject = curl_init();
curl_setopt($curlObject,CURLOPT_URL,$yahooFullUrl);
curl_setopt($curlObject,CURLOPT_HEADER,false);
curl_setopt($curlObject,CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER,true);
$returnYahooWeather = curl_exec($curlObject);
curl_close($curlObject);
return $returnYahooWeather;
}
$localZipCode = $weatherZIPCODE;
$weatherXmlString = retrieveYahooWeather($localZipCode);
$weatherXmlObject = new SimpleXMLElement($weatherXmlString);
$currentCondition = $weatherXmlObject->xpath("//yweather:condition");
$weatherLoca = $weatherXmlObject->xpath("//yweather:location");
$currentTemperature = $currentCondition[0]["temp"];
$currentDescription = $currentCondition[0]["text"];
$currentTitle = $currentTitle[0]["text"];
$weatherLoca = $weatherLoca[0]["city"];
?>
<ul>
<li> <?php print $weatherLoca;?></li>
<li>Current Temperature: <?php print $currentTemperature;?>°F</li>
<li>Current Description: <?php print $currentDescription;?></li>
</ul>
</div>

You can see it working
here
And download the files
here

Now to some of the need to know stuff.

This is just saying get the file “weather.php”

<?php include_once ('weather.php'); ? >

In weather.php look at line 4 and you will see where you set you zip code.
$weatherZIPCODE = "89145";

Now to get this to show the town I wanted I had to add this.

//Make This Up //Find this is the RSS
$weatherLoca = $weatherXmlObject->xpath("//yweather:location");
//This says it = its self but is looking in ["city"]
$weatherLoca = $weatherLoca[0]["city"];
//This Will Print it out :)
print $weatherLoca;

If you go to Yahoo Weather
you will be able to find the the xlm file that the php uses to get your information.
And it looks a lot like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?>
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:yweather="http://xml.weather.yahoo.com/ns/rss/1.0" xmlns:geo="http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#">
<channel>
<title>Yahoo! Weather - Sunnyvale, CA</title>
<link>http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/weather/Sunnyvale__CA/*http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/USCA1116_f.html</link>
<description>Yahoo! Weather for Sunnyvale, CA</description>
<language>en-us</language>
<lastBuildDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2009 9:38 am PST</lastBuildDate>
<ttl>60</ttl>
<yweather:location city="Sunnyvale" region="CA" country="United States"/>
<yweather:units temperature="F" distance="mi" pressure="in" speed="mph"/>
<yweather:wind chill="50" direction="0" speed="0" />
<yweather:atmosphere humidity="94" visibility="3" pressure="30.27" rising="1" />
<yweather:astronomy sunrise="7:17 am" sunset="4:52 pm"/>
<image>
<title>Yahoo! Weather</title>
<width>142</width>
<height>18</height>
<link>http://weather.yahoo.com</link>
<url>http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/nws/th/main_142b.gif</url>
</image>
<item>
<title>Conditions for Sunnyvale, CA at 9:38 am PST</title>
<geo:lat>37.37</geo:lat>
<geo:long>-122.04</geo:long>
<link>http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/weather/Sunnyvale__CA/*http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/USCA1116_f.html</link>
<pubDate>Fri, 18 Dec 2009 9:38 am PST</pubDate>
<yweather:condition text="Mostly Cloudy" code="28" temp="50" date="Fri, 18 Dec 2009 9:38 am PST" />
<description><![CDATA[
<img src="http://l.yimg.com/a/i/us/we/52/28.gif"/><br />
<b>Current Conditions:</b><br />
Mostly Cloudy, 50 F<BR />
<BR /><b>Forecast:</b><BR />
Fri - Partly Cloudy. High: 62 Low: 49<br />
Sat - Partly Cloudy. High: 65 Low: 49<br />
<br />
<a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/weather/Sunnyvale__CA/*http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/USCA1116_f.html">Full Forecast at Yahoo! Weather</a><BR/><BR/>
(provided by <a href="http://www.weather.com" >The Weather Channel</a>)<br/>
]]></description>
<yweather:forecast day="Fri" date="18 Dec 2009" low="49" high="62" text="Partly Cloudy" code="30" />
<yweather:forecast day="Sat" date="19 Dec 2009" low="49" high="65" text="Partly Cloudy" code="30" />
<guid isPermaLink="false">USCA1116_2009_12_18_9_38_PST</guid>
</item>
</channel>
</rss>

If you are like me your thinking what the hell is that! But after looking at it for a little bit its not that hard.

Watch.
Say you want to add in the wind chill.
Look for the line that says “yweather:wind”
And create a line that looks like this

$Thisisthewindchill = $weatherXmlObject->xpath("//yweather:wind");

There you are making a Variable “$Thisisthewindchill” and saying in equal to the yahoo xml file and in “yweather:wind”

Now make a line that looks like this.

$Thisisthewindchill = $Thisisthewindchill [0]["chill"];

There you are saying “$Thisisthewindchill” equals its self but is to look in “chill”.

Now all you have to do is add this line to UL/LI

print $Thisisthewindchill ;

As I said I am newish to php so I might have got something wrong, or worded something the wrong way. So if you see some thing let me know and I will change it. But I know this works and can help if you need any help setting it up on your site. Just leave a comment and I will get back to you asap!

Again you can download it
here!

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