SOLVED: Simple question about multiple RSS feed

dudesterdudester Member Posts: 15 Maven
edited November 2018 in Help
I notice the Read RSS Feed operator takes no inputs.  

I ask because I am attempting to load a list of rss feeds (URL's) from Excel or a database, loop through the Excel sheet (~80 entries), read each feed & store each feed result into a datasheet, continuing until finished.  This should be a simple looping (Loop Values operator) process, but I can do this only by re-entering in each rss feed URL manually, since the RSS Feed operator permits no operation or parameters passed to it.



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    haddockhaddock Member Posts: 849 Maven
    Hi there,

    Though the little beastie takes no inputs it has to take notice of its parameters, and that's where you can slip in your macro, in a loop, like this...
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
    <process version="5.2.003">
      <operator activated="true" class="process" compatibility="5.2.003" expanded="true" name="Process">
        <process expanded="true" height="198" width="522">
          <operator activated="true" class="retrieve" compatibility="5.2.003" expanded="true" height="60" name="Retrieve" width="90" x="45" y="30">
            <parameter key="repository_entry" value="//Samples/data/Iris"/>
          <operator activated="true" class="loop_values" compatibility="5.2.003" expanded="true" height="76" name="Loop Values" width="90" x="179" y="30">
            <parameter key="attribute" value="label"/>
            <process expanded="true" height="216" width="540">
              <operator activated="true" class="web:read_rss" compatibility="5.1.004" expanded="true" height="60" name="Read RSS Feed" width="90" x="112" y="30">
                <parameter key="url" value="http://www.rsssearchhub.com/feeds/?search=%{loop_value}&amp;amp;action=Search+Feeds"/>
                <parameter key="random_user_agent" value="true"/>
              <connect from_op="Read RSS Feed" from_port="output" to_port="out 1"/>
              <portSpacing port="source_example set" spacing="0"/>
              <portSpacing port="sink_out 1" spacing="0"/>
              <portSpacing port="sink_out 2" spacing="0"/>
          <connect from_op="Retrieve" from_port="output" to_op="Loop Values" to_port="example set"/>
          <connect from_op="Loop Values" from_port="out 1" to_port="result 1"/>
          <portSpacing port="source_input 1" spacing="0"/>
          <portSpacing port="sink_result 1" spacing="0"/>
          <portSpacing port="sink_result 2" spacing="0"/>
    Hope that's in the right direction anyway.

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    dudesterdudester Member Posts: 15 Maven
    Thanks for the lead, Haddock, but I believe that it's probably better to use a feed mashup/aggregator for now.  Yahoo Pipes and others will do this, and then feed to Rapid Miner.

    I was hoping that RM could allow input into the RSS Reader process, but perhaps this will turn out to be a new feature request.  I wish I was better at Java/XML.

    (PS Love your reference to Tintin).
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