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Why rebuilding the wheel? There are other libraries that do the same job!
Yes, the Well. Yes. Almost. The other libraries out there, are probably doing the exact same job as we do here. The problem with other libraries (that I've found) is amongst others that they are way too big. This library is asked to do one thing, so . Taking for example GuzzleHTTP, is for example a huge project if you're aiming to use a smaller project that not requires tons of files to run. They probably covers a bit more solutions than this project, however, we are aiming to make curl usable on as many places as possible in a smaller format. What we are doing here is turning the curl PHP libraries into a very verbose state and with that, returning completed and parsed data to your PHP applications in a way where you don't have to think of this yourself.
So, this library is built for doing one thing only: Communicate. So instead of including one big package of library-files, this library shoud probably be considered a light weight curl-handler. The only job this library actually does is raising the verbosity, so all URL-calls may collect as much information as possible. It also do some parsing, so configuration or data extraction has to be done manually. You could of course use other libraries aswell, but our goal is to keep this one as small as possible, just to be able to fit anywhere you'd like. The whole idea with this curl bridge is to avoid fiddling with all curl settings by yourself.
People sometimes wonder why we are (probably) rebuilding the wheel as others have done this too before, but this library are born from a very old project, that was built for testing proxies scraped from different kind of sites and lists. The first step that was made then, was to build a client that actually could scrape sites without having to set up a whole bunch of scripts and libraries (this happened around 2000-2006 so, in that moment, we did know very little about which libraries that existed). As the source code probably reveals it has a quite big section, just to configure tunnels and proxies in different methods. And this is also why this library exists.
apt-get install php-curl php-xml
PHP-cURL simplifier library
Extracted in the simplest way, by nodes, meaning every each of the elements are sorted out with information about the elements tagnames and attributes (name and id)
Extracts the DOMDocument and sets its closest element identification to each of the array variables, beginning with the tagname→element name → element id.
Extracts the DOMDocument and sets the element identification by its id (getElementById equivalent)
require_once("tornevall_network.php"); $CURL = new \TorneLIB\Tornevall_cURL(); $CURL->setParseHtml(true); $output = $CURL->doGet("https://my-test-url.com"); var_dump($output['parsed']['ById']);