Steam Costs script updated!

Updated the Steam-Costs script on github, now it displays the info in neat tables like this:

 

Theres more data than that to see as well, thats just an excerpt. Additionally, it now lists all the items currently on discount, during a big sale like the ongoing summer sale, thats a really big list. Check out off the details of a scrape I made on the 25th on the steam-costs github page or grab a copy and run it yourself.

Every wonder how much you would need to buy everything off the Steam Store?

Someone did, and they asked the subreddit /r/theydidthemath. I had never considered it before, but I have some experience scraping and playing with data so I decided to make a script that could tell me just that.

 
I was honestly expecting more both in number of items and in the overall sale amount, after the Steam Store is known for their sales. Anyways I have put the script up on github in case anybody wants to play around with it. The scraper is scraping more data that the stats are using, so if your looking for some specific information you might be able to get it out. It also supports loading old data sets to run comparisons against the big sales. Speaking of which there should be a Summer Sale any time now…

Remote is_file for PHP < 5.5.0

I know it’s been a long time since posting, and there are various reasons, one of which was that length of time it took to create a long post, so I’m changing up the format a bit with these kinda shorter posts as I come¬†across¬†them, hopefully be getting directly to the point I’ll be able to make the time to get them done. Anyways, to the posting.

If your programming on a newer version of PHP, say 5.5.0 or newer you may have become rather dependent on the ability for various things like get_file_contents and is_file to use various wrappers to do there thing. I know that it’s been a huge time saver for me, but what do you do if your then forced back to an over, pre 5.5.0 version of PHP and want to check for that remote file? Simple.

It’s as simple as that. All this function does it use curl to check the HTTP code at the supplied url and returns true or false accordingly.