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by batkins (Chaplain)
on Jan 21, 2003 at 02:09 UTC ( #228560=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
batkins has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

i don't know if anyone's familiar with, but it was a PHP-based site that allowed AIM users to check AOL profiles. aol closed them down, but i think it would be cool if someone who had an AOL account (i don't - thank god) would figure out how to do this in perl and then upload the result to CPAN. this way, people could set up their own profile-getting servers.

just a thought.


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Re: profilespy
by jryan (Vicar) on Jan 21, 2003 at 08:06 UTC

    Take a look at Net::AIM. It's very good; I use it for my tv-reminder aimbot, TallGermanJoeBot.

      Net::AIM will allow you to sign onto the AIM network, but you'd still lack the ability to check AOL profiles. You would, however, be able to get AIM profiles (the free ad-supported users). Still useful.

      Thanks batkins, now I have a weekend project! I'll be sure to post whatever I come with, provided it works. ;)

      John J Reiser

Re: profilespy
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Jan 21, 2003 at 02:56 UTC

    It shouldn't be too difficult to do. I've known people who have previously reverse-engeneered the AOL IP-encapsulation protocol, including the setup part. (It's probably become more complicated since then, and I'm not sure I could dig up the work if I tried, but still, not that hard.)

    OTOH, I don't have an AOL account, and even if I did, I wouldn't piss off a huge corporation that had my contact info, my credit card, and with whom I'd signed a contract... at least not over somthing as minor as AIM users not being able to read AOL profiles.

    (BTW, I'd set up my account to do AOL-over-IP (which I think they call bring-your-own-access, and then capture traffic going into their servers while looking at some profiles. Also note that the protocol is based on window-painting -- that is, every widget is described in terms of it's location, color, etc -- there isn't just a simple, meanigfull, version of the profile data sent. This means that it'll be very britile.)

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Re: (nrd) profilespy
by newrisedesigns (Curate) on Jan 29, 2003 at 05:01 UTC

    I just came across, a "online status indicator" service. It's written in Java, but I think I might take a look to see how it works (and see if I can replicate it in Perl).

    John J Reiser

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