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Hi all,
I have been given a url that shows a live stream of "what's playing" from a radio station.
The feed can be seen here http://brian1.streamon.fm/card
The data contains info such as what's playing now, the album cover of what's playing now, artist etc as well as what's playing next.
I can see the data on the page however Id like to exrtact some of the information as variables so I can echo them on the page of the radio stations website (preferably using php however d be open to java solutions).
Could anyone assist?
Cheers,
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by:Brian Tao
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The content is actually a JSON string.  You can use json_decode function to extract the data into either an array or an object

$given_url = "http://brian1.streamon.fm/card";
$json_str = file_get_contents($given_url);
// parse it into an array
$result_array = json_decode($json_str, true);
echo "To Array:\n";
print_r($result_array);
// or parse it into an object
$result_obj = json_decode($json_str);
echo "\nTo Object:\n";
print_r($result_obj);

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by:Neil_Bradley
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Thanks for that however it prints all of the data.
I only need:
the title of the song playing now,
the artists
album name
album cover
How would I go about extracting only that info and declaring them as simple variables.
Cheers,
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by:Neil_Bradley
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Would it be simpler to convert the JSON string into xml first then extract the data from that?
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Brian Tao earned 250 total points
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No, the data is already extracted as array elements.  To display what you intended:
$given_url = "http://brian1.streamon.fm/card";
$json_str = file_get_contents($given_url);

// parse it into an array
$result_array = json_decode($json_str, true);

$title = $result_array["title"];
$artist = $result_array["artist"];
$album = $result_array["album"];
$album_cover_url = $result_array["album_art"]["src"];

echo "Now playing: $title<br>\n";
echo "The artists: $artist<br>\n";
echo "Album Name: $album<br>\n";
echo "<img src='$album_cover_url'>";

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by:Ray Paseur
Ray Paseur earned 250 total points
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Would it be simpler to convert the JSON string into xml first then extract the data from that?
No, and you can't reliably do this conversion.  XML has data in string format only, whereas JSON provides for boolean and numeric values, etc.  The JSON data format is curated here: http://json.org

Please see: http://iconoun.com/demo/temp_neil_bradley.php

<?php // demo/temp_neil_bradley.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);
echo '<meta charset="utf8" />';
echo '<pre>';

// ACQUIRE THE JSON STRING AND MAKE AN OBJECT
$url = 'http://brian1.streamon.fm/card';
$jso = file_get_contents($url);
$obj = json_decode($jso);

// ACTIVATE THIS TO SEE THE ENTIRE OBJECT
// var_dump($obj);

// GET SOME OF THE PROPERTIES OF THE OBJECT
$t = (string)$obj->title;
$p = (string)$obj->publisher;
$a = (string)$obj->album_art->src;
echo PHP_EOL . "$t FROM $p";
echo PHP_EOL . '<img src="' . $a . '" />';

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by:Neil_Bradley
ID: 40358377
Thanks to you both for your input and the advice re xml.
The solutions you offered both worked extremely well and solved the problem perfectly.
All the best.
Neil
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by:Ray Paseur
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Glad to help -- thanks for the points, ~Ray
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