Ping-o-matic and xml-rpc

Saturday 12 June 2004This is more than 19 years old. Be careful.

This blog runs on home-grown software, so it usually lags in technology behind the usual blog software. I’ve been pinging and for a long time, and figured I could skip the other services because I didn’t want to track down how to do each one.

Today I discovered Ping-o-Matic, which is a meta-pinging service: you ping it, and it pings everyone else. Handy. But it has an XML-RPC interface, and that’s one of the things I had never spent the time to learn how to do. Well, it couldn’t be easier. The Python xmlrpclib module makes the whole thing totally transparent:

import xmlrpclib

remoteServer = xmlrpclib.Server("")
ret =
    "Ned Batchelder's blog",
print ret['message']

So now I replaced two HTTP get pings with one XML-RPC ping, and I’m reaching more services. Sweet!


Crazy! I searched an XML-RPC and PHP and there are no information. It's not so Handy you say i think! Damn...

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