mrpatg mrpatg - 6 months ago 71
PHP Question

simplexml error handling php

I am using the following code:

function GetTwitterAvatar($username){
$xml = simplexml_load_file("http://twitter.com/users/".$username.".xml");
$imgurl = $xml->profile_image_url;
return $imgurl;
}

function GetTwitterAPILimit($username, $password){
$xml = simplexml_load_file("http://$username:$password@twitter.com/account/rate_limit_status.xml");
$left = $xml->{"remaining-hits"};
$total = $xml->{"hourly-limit"};
return $left."/".$total;
}


and getting these errors when the stream cannot connect:

Warning: simplexml_load_file(http://twitter.com/users/****.xml) [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 503 Service Unavailable

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "http://twitter.com/users/****.xml"

Warning: simplexml_load_file(http://...@twitter.com/account/rate_limit_status.xml) [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 503 Service Unavailable

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "http://***:***@twitter.com/account/rate_limit_status.xml"


How can I handle these errors so I can display a user friendly message instead of what is shown above?

Answer

The documentation says that in the case of an error, simplexml_load_file returns FALSE. So, you can use the "shut-up" operator (@) in combination with a conditional statement:

if (@simplexml_load_file($file))
{
    // continue
}
else 
{
    echo 'Error!';
}