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PHP Code Snippet to retrieve Data from WikiPedia

PHP Code Snippet to retrieve Data from WikiPedia

This interesting code snippet is from cedTag and let you retrieve WikiPedia description using OpenSearch API. It use the Client Url Library cURL. Released under GPL v3

/**  * @param $searchTerm  * @param string $wikipediaServer  * @return array|string  [text, description, url]  */ public function getDefinitionFrom
($searchTerm, $wikipediaServer = '') { $url = $wikipediaServer.
'/w/api.php?action=opensearch&search=' .
urlencode($searchTerm) . '&format=xml&limit=1'; $ch = curl_init($url); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPGET, true); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, false); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, false); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_NOBODY, false); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, false); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_REFERER, ""); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS, 4); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT,
"Mozilla/5.0"); $page = curl_exec($ch); $xml = simplexml_load_string($page); if ((string)$xml->Section->Item->Description) { return array((string)$xml->Section->Item->Text, (string)$xml->Section->Item->Description, (string)$xml->Section->Item->Url); } return ""; }

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Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.