After more than 10 years of building all my software and website coding from zero with primary programming languages like VB6, ASP, PHP, ActionScript and JS, I have begun adopting open-source packages due to their advanced feature sets.
My newest exploration is Drupal. In many ways I am very impressed with its capabilities. However, one task that seems to me to be a simplistic task has cost me more than two days of work, and now it's early on a Sunday morning and it's still consuming my thoughts: How to make the content of a node visible on a non-Drupal external site.
I started by installing the Services 3 module, configuring the REST server and its endpoint. After hours of fruitless research, I finally discovered a posting with a good explanation of accessing Drupal data externally with authenticated access via REST.
My attempts to implement that were unsuccessful. As I posted on drupal.stackexchange.com, the Drupal system would recognize my login and authenticate my session, but I still can't retrieve a node's content.
I posted another request for help on any method to see Drupal node data externally, and received the suggestion to use feeds. So, this morning I have been researching that avenue. So far, success has been very limited. Based on http://www.group42.ca/drupal_6_rss_omnibus I was able to finally see something from my Drupal site by requesting the url my-site.com/drupal-folder/rss.xml.
However, due to the purpose of my Drupal installation, it is locked down to require authenticated access for everything. At this point I am stymied by two problems using the Atom/RSS technique: I haven't seen documentation to do an auth login to request RSS data, and so far I can only see as RSS what appears on the Drupal front page.
Back to the research...