GoComics fixed in comics aggregator

By | November 21, 2010

For those of you who use my comics aggregator, please note that the charming folks at GoComics.com mucked with their site again, possibly to make aggregators like mine more difficult to implement (they want your eyeballs and your clicks on their ads!), and I’ve just fixed the aggregator to compensate for their changes, so their strips should be visible again in it.

The strips I currently have in the aggregator that are impacted by this are:

  • Adam&Home
  • Baldo
  • Big Top
  • The Boondocks
  • Brenda Starr
  • Cathy
  • Close to Home
  • Doonesbury
  • The Duplex
  • For Better or for Worse,
  • FoxTrot,
  • Fred Basset
  • The Fusco Brothers
  • Garfield
  • Heart of the City
  • Lio
  • Lucky Cow
  • Non Sequitur
  • Stone Soup
  • Sylvia
  • Tank McNamara

It’s quite easy for me to add new strips from this site (or most any other), so if you don’t see something you want, just let me know.

I’ve also fixed the aggregator so that when it alphabetizes the list of comics, it ignores “a”, “an” and “the”, so that, for example, “The Duplex” now appears under “D” instead of “T”.

(For those who are interested in the gory details, they’ve made their image URLs dynamic, such that you now have to actually fetch the page for the comic and parse it to get the image URL, and they’ve made that difficult to do by blocking requests from unrecognized user agents, and I mean totally blocking, i.e., not even acknowledging the TCP connection.)

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