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Free C# Class – iliPing – Threadable, Fast, No External Classes Required

August 23rd, 2010 No comments

Before I give you another free C# class, I thought I may pass along a bit of a ProTip: it seems to me that the easiest money I make is from TextLinkAds. TLA capitalizes on the fact that spiders at least visit your site, even if real humans don’t. Join and give it a try.

This is a good class, and works well if you thread it. It works without using any other XML-RPC classes externally, and the only site it doesn’t work for me is sites that use nonstandard XML-RPC parameters like autopinger. I usually set it up to just go through a list of sites/blogs with their titles, and a list of XML-RPC ping service URI’s. I also thread this, and can ping quite quickly. This should be compatible with both .NET Framework, and my personal favorite, Mono (check out MonoDevelop sometime!).

Feel free to use this however and modify it…if you make any changes, please pay it forward and share them with everyone else so they can use the improvements too, since this is opensource.

/* iliPing - (C)2010 by ilikenwf,
* Feel free to use and/or modify this for any purpose...
* Please pay it forward and share any improvements you make
* Based on the XML-RPC pinging in C# class from
* modified and broken up */

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.XPath;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.Net;

namespace pinger

/// Sends an XML-RPC ping for the given blog, blog url, and ping service url.

public class pingRequestor : IDisposable
public string pingRequest(string blogname, string blogurl, string pingurl, bool verbosity,
int httpTO) {

string output = string.Empty;
try {
HttpWebRequest webreqPing = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(pingurl);
webreqPing.UserAgent = "WordPress 3.0.1";
webreqPing.Timeout = httpTO;
webreqPing.Method = "POST";
webreqPing.ContentType = "text/xml";

// Get the stream for the web request
Stream streamPingRequest = (Stream)webreqPing.GetRequestStream();

// Create an XML text writer that writes to the web request's stream
XmlTextWriter xmlPing = new XmlTextWriter(streamPingRequest, Encoding.UTF8);

// Build the ping, using the BlogName and BlogUrl
xmlPing.WriteElementString("methodName", "");
xmlPing.WriteElementString("value", blogname);
xmlPing.WriteElementString("value", blogurl);

// Close the XML text writer, flusing the XML to the stream

// Send the request and store the response, then get the response's stream
HttpWebResponse webrespPing = (HttpWebResponse)webreqPing.GetResponse();

StreamReader streamPingResponse = new StreamReader(
XmlDocument response = new XmlDocument();

// Store the result in an XmlDocument for parsing if verbosity is off
if (verbosity == false) {
} else {
output = streamPingResponse.ReadToEnd();

// Close the response stream and the response itself

if (verbosity == false)
// Check the response to determine success or failure
XmlElement flerror = (XmlElement)response.SelectSingleNode("//boolean");
switch (flerror.InnerText)
case "0":
output = "[Success] ";
case "false":
output = "[Success] ";
output = "[Failure] ";
} catch {
// Timeout here is somewhat generic and nonspecific
output = "[Timeout] ";
// Return the result
return output;

public void Dispose() {


iWeb Correction Script – A shellscript for OSX

August 7th, 2010 No comments

I wrote this for use by a client who uses iWeb. It does a number of things, the most important being that it sets the site to use the domain root (or whatever folder you dump it into) instead of being in a Website_Files folder that gets redirected to.

It also renames the Welcome/Home/whatever the frontpage is called.html to index.html, lowercases all page file names, and appropriately makes changes in feed.xml and all html files to reflect the changes.

Finally, it adds meta keywords and descriptions (which you need to edit into the script for your site).

This is my first time dealing with OSX in this respect, so if you want to improve it go ahead…let me know if you would, please. I don’t own a mac, but I made this on a mac so that the client could use it…It works, even if it’s not entirely elegant. (I’m a linux guy – if it was GNU bash it would be a lot nicer code!).

To use, publish your iWeb site into a folder, copy into said folder, and DO NOT EXECUTE THE SCRIPT FROM FINDER. Open a terminal, cd into the location of the iweb files/folders and corrector, and run sh from the command line. From there it does all the work, then you just upload everything to your host.


echo "iWeb corrector - put the site in the domain root!"
echo "Fully free and opensource software by ilikenwf, (C) 2010"
echo ""
echo "-------------------------------------------------------"
echo " "
echo "Please type the name of the site folder (case sensitive): "

read sitefolder

echo " "
echo "Please enter the name of your front/main page, like Welcome or Home (case sensitive): "

read index

rm ./index.html
rm ./assets*

mv ./"$sitefolder"/* ./
rm -rf ./"$sitefolder"

rm ./index.html

mv ./"$index".html ./index.html

for i in *.html
mv $i `echo $i | tr [:upper:] [:lower:]`;
sed -i "" -e s/"$i"/`echo $i | tr [:upper:] [:lower:]`/g *.html
sed -i "" -e s/"$i"/`echo $i | tr [:upper:] [:lower:]`/g feed.xml

sed -i "" -e s/"$index"\.html/index\.html/g *.html
sed -i "" -e s/"$index"\.html/index\.html/g feed.xml

# Metatags - edit the text in between the "" for description
# and keywords, respectively.
# Using perl here because OSX's sed command
# Doesn't play nice when inserting newlines
# When you do this, make sure to escape special characters like commas
# eg "keyword1\, keyword2\,"
perl -pi -w -e 's/UTF\-8"\ \/\>/UTF\-8"\ \/\> \n \\n \/g;' *.html
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