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  • 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 = 'http://en.wikipedia.org') { $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 ""; }