I'm a software developer but I don't specialise in PHP and have had no real prior experience with Expression Engine. A friend of mine who runs an estate agents has had a new website built in EE, but the people doing it are more front-end/graphic design experienced and were unable to implement one bit of much-needed functionality - automatically importing properties to the site.
Specifically, they have some property management software that will export a file in RightMove BLM (v3) format containing details of all the properties, along with associated images for each property, to an FTP server. There is a CodeIgniter module available to parse this format (http://biostall.com/codeigniter-rightmove-blm-parser-library), and it is also specified on the RightMove website. They would want some process to look at these files and do a full refresh of their Lettings channel within EE.
Is it possible to achieve this with EE? My initial thought was to write a standalone script to do the importing, but I don't know how to use the EE API from 'outside' EE.
Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated.