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Ignoring Errors Returned by PHP file_get_contents HTTP Wrapper

I discovered that CodeEval was down briefly for maintenance, which caused my badge (in the sidebar of this blog) to be populated with the error message associated with an HTTP 503 error. Since I didn’t want error messages to be returned by my PHP script, I added one line and changed the line containing the file_get_contents statement, as seen below.

$context = stream_context_create(array(
    'http' => array('ignore_errors' => true),
$html = file_get_contents($score_url, false, $context);

Now, if there’s an HTTP error, the badge will be blank, but no error will appear. I was fortunate to find this quick fix on StackOverflow.

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