Classic ASP Active Server Pages Examples, code, tutorials, scriptsUse ASP to dynamically parse a Youtube XML playlist to render to html.


I used to wonder what the big deal was about XML. Then when I began to think about integrating Youtube playlists into my own site, I realized that one of the conveniences of XML is that it prepares the data to be remotely included without all the unneeded tables and images and text, etc.

I integrated code from other folks that puts the XML data into a recordset and pages it.  If you find this example to be useful or interesting, please rate or send me an email.

One possible advantage of displaying playlists on your own site is that you may be able to avoid exposing your visitors to content that would be inappropriate for family viewing, if that is important to you.

I recorded a webcast and wanted to display the banners of the webcast sponsors along with the playlist, which is another of the reasons I wanted to retrieve the playlist remotely:

The code is posted below the demo that follows.
by users
What do you think?


This can also be adapted to quickly and easily import playlist data into your own database. I've used it for that.

You may need to change:

'of the 2 lines below, select 1 that works with your host and comment out the other
set objHTTP= Server.CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
'set objHTTP = Server.CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")

'This sample code by Lil Peck, . Thanks to all the other coders from whom I got code for this!
'Free to use and adapt as you like, but please rate or send me an email.
Response.expires = 0
Response.expiresabsolute = Now() - 1
Response.addHeader "pragma", "no-cache"
Response.addHeader "cache-control", "private"
Response.CacheControl = "no-cache"


dim objHTTP
dim objXML
dim objXSL

' set-up XMLHTTP

set objHTTP = Server.CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")

' get the requested XML data from the remote location
' change the URL as per your feed. "GET", "", false
'Youtube also has an option that includes paging that I haven't tested,

' save the XML in objXML as XML
set objXML = objHTTP.responseXML

If objXML.parseError.errorCode <> 0 Then
response.write "Oops, I can't load the XML file, sorry."
End If

Set objLst = objXML.getElementsByTagName("video") 'HERE

noOfHeadlines = objLst.length
response.write "<center><b>There are " & noOfHeadlines & " videos in this playlist.</center></b>"

CONST adFldIsNullable = &H00000020
CONST adVarChar = 200
CONST adDate = 7
CONST adOpenDynamic = 2
CONST adUseClient = 3

if noOfHeadlines > 0 then
Set rs = CreateObject("ADODB.recordset")

'declare variables
Dim Currpage, pageLen, lastNumber, PageRem, PageTen
Dim connection, rs, sSQL, sConnString, next10, prev10, P
Dim RSPrevPage, RSNextPage, start
'Get the current page the user is on, if it's the first time they
'visit and the variable 'PageNo' is empty, then 'CurrPage' gets set to 1
'Else the current page variable 'CurrPage' is set to the page number requested
If IsEmpty(Request.Querystring("PageNo")) then
CurrPage = 1
CurrPage = Cint(Request.Querystring("PageNo"))
End If

'the two functions below return the next 10 and prev 10 page number
Function getNext10(num)
pageLen = len(num)
If pageLen = 1 Then
next10 = 10
Else If pageLen>1 Then
pageRem = 10
pageTen = right(num, 1)
next10 = num + pageRem - pageTen
End If
End If
getNext10 = next10
End Function

Function getPrev10(num)
pageLen = len(num)
If pageLen = 1 then
prev10 = 1
Else If pageLen>1 then
lastNumber = right(num, 1)
prev10 = num - lastNumber - 10
End If
End If
If prev10 = 0 then
prev10 = 1
End If
getPrev10 = prev10
End Function

With rs
.CursorLocation = adUseClient
.CursorType = adOpenDynamic
'.Fields.Append "VIDEO", adVarChar, 255, adFldIsNullable
'.Fields.Append "ID", adDate, 32, adFldIsNullable



on error resume next
'Set objHdl = objLst.item

      '  For i = 0 To (noOfHeadlines) Not using this anymore
For i = 0 To (noOfHeadlines)-1 'Thank you George for providing this correction.

Set objHdl = objLst.item(i)


.Fields("author") = (objHdl.childNodes(0).text)
.Fields("id") = (objHdl.childNodes(1).text)
.Fields("title") = (objHdl.childNodes(2).text)
.Fields("length_seconds") = (objHdl.childNodes(3).text)
.Fields("rating_avg") = (objHdl.childNodes(4).text)
.Fields("rating_count") = (objHdl.childNodes(5).text)
.Fields("description") = (objHdl.childNodes(6).text)
.Fields("view_count") = (objHdl.childNodes(7).text)
.Fields("upload_time") = (objHdl.childNodes(8).text)
.Fields("comment_count") = (objHdl.childNodes(9).text)
.Fields("tags") = (objHdl.childNodes(10).text)
.Fields("url") = (objHdl.childNodes(11).text)
.Fields("thumbnail_url") = (objHdl.childNodes(12).text)
.Fields("embed_id") = (objHdl.childNodes(13).text)


' list alphabetically

.Sort = "title ASC"


set folder = nothing
set fso = nothing
' pagesize is used to set the number of records that will be
' displayed on each page. For our purposes 10 records is what we want.
rs.PageSize = 15
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<title>Display Youtube Playlist XML with ASP</title>

<p align="center">Here's the playlist XML we want to parse, format, and display:
<a target="_blank" href="">
APHA World Show 2007 Videos</a>.</p>
<div align="center">
<table border="0" width="600">

'get the next 10 and prev 10 page number
next10 = getNext10(CurrPage)
prev10 = getPrev10(CurrPage)

'If there are no records
If rs.EOF Then
Response.write "No records to display"

'this moves the record pointer to the first record of the current page
rs.AbsolutePage = CurrPage

'the below loop will loop until all the records of the current page have been
'displayed or it has reached the end of the rs
Do Until rs.AbsolutePage <> CurrPage OR rs.Eof

x=x +1

'function unUDate(intTimeStamp) to convert Unix timestamp to regular date
mydate = DateAdd("s", rs("upload_time"), "01/01/1970 00:00:00")
'End Function

response.write "<tr><td><BR>"
if NOT rs("id") = "" then 'I put this in because of mistake somewhere that made a blank row

Response.Write "<br>"& "<BR>" &_
("Author: ")& rs("author") & "<BR>" &_
("Id: ") & rs("id") & "<BR>" &_
"Title: " & rs("title") & "<BR>" &_
"Length: " & rs("length_seconds") & "<BR>" &_
"Rating Avg: " & rs("rating_avg") & "<BR>" &_
"Rating Count: " & rs("rating_count")& "<BR>" &_
"Description: " & rs("description") & "<BR>" &_
"View Count: " & rs("view_count") & "<BR>" &_
"Upload Time: " & mydate & "<BR>" &_
"Comments: " & rs("comment_count") & "<BR>" &_
"Tags: " & rs("tags") & "<BR>" &_
"URL: " & "<a target=_blank href=" & rs("url") & ">" & rs("url") & "</a><BR>" &_
"Thumbnail: " & "<img src=" & rs("thumbnail_url") & "><BR>" &_
"Embed ID: " & rs("embed_id")

response.write "<hr>"
end if

response.write "</td><td>"
if x = 5 then ' this is if you want multiple columns
response.write "</tr><tr>"
x = 0
end if



end if
<div align="center" style="font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold">
'the next 2 lines setup the page number for the "previous" and "next" links
RSPrevPage = CurrPage -1
RSNextPage = CurrPage + 1

'find out the number of pages returned in the rs
'if the Next10 page number is greater than the rs page count
'then set Next10 to the rs pagecount
If Next10 > rs.PageCount Then
Next10 = rs.PageCount
End If

'the variable start determines where to start the page number navigation
' i.e. 1, 10, 20, 30 and so on.
If prev10 = 1 AND next10 - 1 < 10 Then
start = 1
start = Next10 - 10
If right(start, 1) > 0 Then
start = replace(start, right(start, 1), "0")
start = start + 10
End If
End If

'This checks to make sure that there is more than one page of results
If rs.PageCount > 1 Then
'Work out whether to show the Previous 10 '<<'
If currpage > 1 Then
response.write("<a href=""list.asp?PageNo=" & Prev10 & """><<</a> ")
End If
'Work out whether to show the Previous link '<'
If NOT RSPrevPage = 0 then
response.write("<a href=""list.asp?PageNo=" & RSPrevPage & """><</a> ")
End If

'Loop through the page number navigation using P as our loopcounter variable
For P = start to Next10

If NOT P = CurrPage then
response.write("<a href=""list.asp?PageNo=" & P & """>" & P & "</a> ")
'Don't hyperlink the current page number
response.write(" <b>" & P & " </b>")
End If
'this does the same as the "previous" link, but for the "next" link
If NOT RSNextPage > rs.PageCount Then
response.write("<a href=""list.asp?PageNo=" & RSNextPage & """>></a> ")
End If

'Work out whether to show the Next 10 '>>'
If NOT Next10 = rs.PageCount Then
response.write(" <a href=""list.asp?PageNo=" & Next10 & """>>></a>")
End If
End If

' Close the rs and connection object
Set rs =Nothing
end with
end if



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