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I would like to be able to get to the returned data of this url. Can I even do this in PHP?

    $yahooSS = "";

    $yss = fopen($yahooSS,"r");

I believe this returns a Javascript callback function, but I don't have a clue where to start.

Below is an example of the returned Resultset.

YAHOO.Finance.SymbolSuggest.ssCallback({"ResultSet":{"Query":"yahoo","Result":[{"symbol":"YHOO","name": "Yahoo! Inc.","exch": "NMS","type": "S","exchDisp":"NASDAQ","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YAHOY.PK","name": "YAHOO JAPAN CORP","exch": "PNK","type": "S","exchDisp":"Pink Sheets","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"ETD","name": "Citigroup Inc. ELKS On Yahoo","exch": "PCX","type": "S","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YOJ.BE","name": "YAHOO JAPAN","exch": "BER","type": "S","exchDisp":"Berlin","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YHO.SG","name": "YAHOO","exch": "STU","type": "S","exchDisp":"Stuttgart","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YAHOF.PK","name": "YAHOO JAPAN CORP","exch": "PNK","type": "S","exchDisp":"Pink Sheets","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YHO.HM","name": "YAHOO","exch": "HAM","type": "S","exchDisp":"Hamburg","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YOJ.DE","name": "YAHOO JAPAN","exch": "GER","type": "S","exchDisp":"XETRA","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YHO.DU","name": "YAHOO","exch": "DUS","type": "S","exchDisp":"Dusseldorf Stock Exchange","typeDisp":"Equity"},{"symbol":"YHOO.BA","name": "YAHOO  INC.","exch": "BUE","type": "S","exchDisp":"Buenos Aires","typeDisp":"Equity"}]}})

Any help is greatly appreciated.



Right, it is JSON with padding. You have to remove the function name (and parenthesis) and then you can parse the JSON with json_decode.

I once wrote a function for that:

function jsonp_decode($jsonp, $assoc = false) { // PHP 5.3 adds depth as third parameter to json_decode
    if($jsonp[0] !== '[' && $jsonp[0] !== '{') { // we have JSONP
       $jsonp = substr($jsonp, strpos($jsonp, '('));
    return json_decode(trim($jsonp,'();'), $assoc);


$data = jsonp_decode($response);


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Try the mysql_fetch_field function.

For example:

$dbLink = mysql_connect('localhost', 'usr', 'pwd');
mysql_select_db('test', $dbLink);

$sql = "SELECT * FROM cartable";
$result = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error());

// Print the column names as the headers of a table
echo "<table><tr>";
for($i = 0; $i < mysql_num_fields($result); $i++) {
    $field_info = mysql_fetch_field($result, $i);
    echo "<th>{$field_info->name}</th>";

// Print the data
while($row = mysql_fetch_row($result)) {
    echo "<tr>";
    foreach($row as $_column) {
        echo "<td>{$_column}</td>";
    echo "</tr>";

echo "</table>";
Saturday, August 13, 2022

When you use $.getJSON on an external domain it automatically actions a JSONP request, for example my tweet slider here

If you look at the source code you can see that I am calling the Twitter API using .getJSON.

So your example would be: THIS IS TESTED AND WORKS (You can go to to see it in action)


    alert('Your name is '+res.fullname);

 $fname = $_GET['firstname'];
          //header("Content-Type: application/json");
         echo $_GET['callback'] . '(' . "{'fullname' : 'Jeff Hansen'}" . ')';


Note the ?callback=? and +res.fullname

Monday, November 21, 2022

HTML is not a regular language and cannot be correctly parsed with a regex. Use a DOM parser instead. Here's a solution using PHP's built-in DOMDocument class:

$string = '<ul id="value" name="Bob" custom-tag="customData">';

$dom = new DOMDocument();

$result = array();

$ul = $dom->getElementsByTagName('ul')->item(0);
if ($ul->hasAttributes()) {
    foreach ($ul->attributes as $attr) {
        $name = $attr->nodeName;
        $value = $attr->nodeValue;    
        $result[$name] = $value;



    [id] => value
    [name] => Bob
    [custom-tag] => customData
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Never used any of those, but they look interesting..

Take a look at Gearman as well.. more overhead in systems like these but you get other cool stuff :) Guess it depends on your needs ..

Friday, November 11, 2022
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