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Error 'Content is not allowed in prolog.' trying to CFHTTP MSNLive.net api

Posted on 2009-05-07
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Can you help?

If I run this URL: (with real appid) in a web browser ... it works).
BUT if I run the URL through CFHTTP GET (see code below) ... I get this error:

An error occured while Parsing an XML document.
: 'Content is not allowed in prolog.'
:
: http://api.search.live.net/xml.aspx?Appid=123456789012345678901234567890&query=&sources=news
:  
: The error occurred in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\testmsnlive.cfm: line 16
: 14 : <cfhttp method="GET" url="http://api.search.live.net/xml.aspx#livebody#">
: 15 :
: 16 : <cfset live_doc = #xmlparse(cfhttp.filecontent)#>
: 17 : <cfdump var="#live_doc#">
: 18 :


Note: for test reasons ... (see code) I've output the #livebody# to tell myself what URL string I'm trying to pass.
Shown as '#livebody# outputs as '?Appid=123456789012345678901234567890&query=&sources=news'
* where appid is not real on EE here.

If I run that livebody output in a browser ... it works.

What am I doing wrong!? any ideas?

Richard


SUPPORTING INFORMATION : Live.Net FAQ Sheet for API
http://search.live.com/developers/s/API%20Basics.pdf


<cfset liveappid = '123456789012345678901234567890'>
<cfset livequery = ''>
<cfset livesources = 'news'>
<cfset livemarket = ''>
<cfset liveUIlanguage='en'>
<cfset livelatitude = '47.603828'>
<cfset livelongitude = '-122.328567'>
<cfset liveradius = 250>
<cfset livenewssortoption = 'Date'>
 
<cfset livebody = "?Appid=" & #liveappid# & "&query=" & #livequery# & "&sources=" & #livesources#>
<cfoutput>#livebody#</cfoutput>
 
<cfhttp method="GET" url="http://api.search.live.net/xml.aspx#livebody#">
 
<cfset live_doc = #xmlparse(cfhttp.filecontent)#>
<cfdump var="#live_doc#">
 
 
** note: liveappid is not my real appid (for obvious reasons)

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If you are having problems, always dump the cfhttp results. Chances are the results are not what you think.  In your case the cfhttp response was probably "Connection Failure". Since that is not valid xml, xmlParse failed.

It seems to work with the addition of this tip:
http://blog.pengoworks.com/index.cfm/2006/3/13/CFHTTP-Connection-Failures-issues-with-Gzip

<cfhttp method="GET" url="http://api.search.live.net/xml.aspx#livebody#">
      <cfhttpparam type="header" name="Accept-Encoding" value="*" />
</cfhttp>
<!--- see what is returned. is it valid xml? --->
<cfdump var="#cfhttp.filecontent#">


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>  <cfset livebody = "?Appid=" & #liveappid# & "&query=" & #livequery# & "&sources=" & #livesources#>
> ...
>  <cfset live_doc = #xmlparse(cfhttp.filecontent)#>


BTW,  you do not need those extra # signs. The code will still work if you leave them in, but would be cleaner without them:

<cfset livebody = "?Appid="& liveappid & "&query=" & livequery & "&sources=" & livesources>
...
<cfset live_doc = xmlparse(cfhttp.filecontent)>
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Bloody Hell!
Brilliant.

Thanks mate!
Yes - I'm a sloppy newbie at CF but ... all this helps very much!

R
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Brilliant AND polite!
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Eh, we are sloppy newbies at something ;-)
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> Eh, we are sloppy newbies at something ;-)

   ... we are _all_ sloppy newbies at something (Obviously, I am a typing newbie today ;-)  
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