This probably doesn't work any more, but about a year ago I used it to log onto my school's website (blackboard), find new forum posts, and text them to me (it has no API -- or if it does, it didn't back then). I had it on github, but after Chris Wanstrath decried the state of open source code on github, at Ruby Midwest, I felt obliged to take it down. Now that I have my play dir, I feel that it can be put here.
(The robot probably won't work in Windows.)
For the most part, d/l Ruby, d/l the gems, figure out the settings, and then interact via rake tasks
The gems are listed below in the license, though some of them have dependencies, ie Mechanize uses Nokogiri, which has to be built from source. On OSX 10.5.6, libxml2 needed to be updated for nokogiri, these are the instructions I used to do it http://martinisoftware.com/2009/07/31/nokogiri-on-leopard.html
The rest of the gems should go fairly easily cross your fingers
The settings are located in settings.yaml, and are a bit more complicated, I figured them out by downloading firebug, and observing what was submitted to the server when I log onto blackboard. There is also an included example_settings.yaml you can use to see what mine looks like (with sensitive values scrubbed).
If you don't have a gmail account, go make one (I didn't use my real one, either), you will need it for the settings.
To figure out how to get it to text you, it is generally your phone number at your carrier, ie firstname.lastname@example.org , here is a list of carriers You can test it out by simply sending an email to that address, and seeing if you receive it in a text message.
After it is all setup (see below), you can do pretty much everything from the Rakefile. To see what you have available, navigate to that directory and type $ rake -T rake cron:display # Displays current crontab rake cron:off # Never run blackboardbot rake cron:on # Runs blackboardbot (every minute by default) examples: "rake cron:on" or "rake cron:on minutes=5" rake db:reload # resets the database, then reloads all content from blackboard rake db:reset # Delete then recreate database (does not reload content) rake email:off # Disable email/text messaging (do not send message each time Post is created) rake email:on # Enable email/text messaging (send message each time Post is created) rake run # Run the bot: pull all new posts into the database
Then when you see one you like, try it out:
$ rake run
This code is unmaintained.
If you do something interesting with it, let me know so I can be happy.
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