Friday, April 3, 2009

Alexa cleaning up interfaces

Now that Alexa's thumbnails are no longer supported via AWS (breaking their own site for a while :P) it seems that they decided to also revamp their remaining services and do so cleaning up. This broke a script of mine used to fetch per-country stats. It's a simple change, the UrlInfo call with RankByCountry now returns a Code property in the XML instead of the old code property (note the case change). So if you're using HPricot (like I am), you'll use a line like:

(h/"aws:country[@Code='#{countryCode}']"/"aws:rank").innerHTML.sub(/\s*$/, '')

to filter out the resulting rank.

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