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PHP Script to Ping Macromedia MXNA Blog Aggregator

I wanted to automatically ping the Macromedia MXNA blog aggregator [1] whenever I update my blog entries so I hacked together this little PHP script tonight. [2] You can either include it in your own PHP file and then evaluate the boolean variable $mxna_ping for true or false (true being a good ping, false being a bad ping.) or you can call it directly and add ?readable=true and you’ll see a human readable output. If you also pass debug=true you will see the full result passed back from the mxna server, with some line numbering I added on for debugging purposes. Make sure to read the comments and edit the $ping_id value to reflect your assigned ping ID that you received from the MXNA site otherwise it wont work. The source is commented so dig in.Props to Mike Chambers [3] and Christian Cantrell [4] for their help in my debugging. 🙂