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12-08-2008 @ 2:54PM
I have to agree - Ive done some XML parsing (using ColdFusion) of the Armory data to build myself a few nifty compare tools, but the biggest headache Ive ran into is the Armory's instability. Still, its the only way to get the character data I want, so I do my best to work around it. Ive found that caching the data locally to a temp database helps a lot, as long as you have a "force update" option for when you know the data is old. Simply timestamping the local data makes it easy to slip in some "if older then 1 hour" logic, which is often fine enough for my needs.
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