Inline Odeon Hacking

May 21st, 2005 by Strawp

Earlier this week I was having a conversation with a mate of mine regarding the recently Slashdotted Grease Monkey Firefox extension. It went something like.

Him: “Have you heard of Grease Monkey?”
Me: “Yeah, sounds good. Not really played with it though.”
Him: “It’s the best Firefox extension ever. Puts power right back to the user.”
Me: “Maybe I’ll write a script for it, eh?”
Him: “Yeah, you should do!”
Me: “Maybe one for the Odeon site? Hehehe…”

So I did, and you can find that script on my new Grease Monkey scripts page.

Now, because of the nature of the Odeon site (it’s entirely constructed from IE-only JavaScript), I’ve basically had to build pages from the ground up, which makes the script big and a bit slow. Also, you still can’t go through a booking process online with it. This is because:

– There is such a ludicrous quantity of JavaScript on that site I really don’t want to consume my free time doing it
– I don’t want to get accused of anything by Odeon lawyers. There are probably more of them than me, and I don’t think they have a sense of humour.

My script totally re-writes the layout of the Odeon site pages, however it seems poetic justice that I’ve been beaten to writing this script by 6 days by the original Odeon site hacker – Matthew Somerville – who just made the original design work!. I would never have thought of that!

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