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Ruby script for downloading rails casts http://blog.modsaid.com/2010/02/ruby-script-for-downloading-rails-casts.html this has been posted 3 years ago actually
#!/usr/local/bin/ruby
# A script to download the latest episodes from railscasts.com
#
# requires simple-rss (1.2.2) gem
# and base on linux wget
#
# author: modsaid < mahmoud@modsaid.com >
#
require 'rubygems'
require 'simple-rss'
require 'open-uri'
RAILS_CASTS_FEED='http://feeds.feedburner.com/railscasts'
DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY='.'
# parse the current directory and get the downloaded eposodes ids
downloaded_episodes_ids=[]
begin
downloaded_episodes_ids = Dir.new(DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY).entries.select{|f| f =~ /^(\d){3}.*.mov/ }.collect{|f| f.split('_').first.to_i}
rescue
end
def get_id(rss_item)
rss_item.link.split('/').last.split('-').first.to_i
end
puts "Checking railscasts feeds for new episodes..."
rss = SimpleRSS.parse open(RAILS_CASTS_FEED)
count=0
rss.items.each do |rss_item|
id = get_id(rss_item)
unless downloaded_episodes_ids.include?(id)
puts "Downloading #{rss_item.title}.."
link = `wget http://railscasts.com/episodes/#{id} -O- | grep -oi 'http://media.railscasts.com/videos/[a-z_0-9]*.mov'`
`wget -c #{link.strip}`
count +=1
end
end
puts "Done. #{count} new episodes were downloaded"
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