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  • Here's an "any question" that I don't know if anyone on here can answer, suggestions gratefully received...

    How hard is it to write what sounds to me like a simple plugin for a website? More specifically, it is for RidewithGPS, and what I am hugely keen to be able to do (but falls on deaf ears when I have suggested it to them) is to be able, on the search page, to search not just by "Starts within" but also by "Finishes within" - to my mind that massively improves the search facility to the extent it's weird it's not already an option, can I personally come across the need to be able to do that all the time... I'm wondering if it would be possible to just do it myself...!

    I'm sure it's a lot harder than it sounds, but interested to know exactly how hard!

  • It's possible to develop a browser plugin to filter search results further, but since the results don't have the ending coordinates the plugin would then have to visit every item in the background and look for the ending coords (to decide which result to keep)... Scraping the results would be problematic in more than one way, you'd get rate limited and it may take quite bit of time depending on the number of initial results. There's pagination on the results page so you'd have to account for that as well. It can be done, but would be fairly involved.


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