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Finding out What’s Next at BarCampMel 2012 with Drizzle, SQL, JavaScript and a web browser

Just for the pure insane fun of it, I accepted the challenge of “what can you do with the text format of the schedule?” for BarCampMel. I’m a database guy, so I wanted to load it into a database (which would be Drizzle), and I wanted it to be easy to keep it up to date (this is an unconference after all).

So… the text file itself isn’t in any standard format, so I’d have to parse it. I’m lazy and didn’t want to leave the comfort of the database. Luckily, inside Drizzle, we have a js plugin that lets you execute arbitrary JavaScript. Parsing solved. I needed to get the program and luckily we have the http_functions plugin that uses libcurl to allow us to perform HTTP GET requests. I also wanted it in a table so I could query it when not online, so I needed to load the data. Luckily, in Drizzle we have the built in EXECUTE functionality, so I could just use the JavaScript to parse the response from the HTTP GET request and …

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