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FourSquare Checkin with CSharp
Here’s how to automatically check-in to FourSquare from C#. Yes, I did cheat with this for about a week. Apparently people were wondering how I was checkin in and defending my mayorships while I was out of the country. Haha. Anyway, here you go: static void Checkin(string venueid, double latitude, double longitude) { string result = HttpPost("http://api.foursq... "vid=" + venueid + "&private=0&geolat=" + Scatter(latitude) + "&geolong=" + Scatter(longitude), "myuser", ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2010 12:39 PM

Automatic NUnit Test Generation with PowerShell + XML
First, I’ll describe a process I’ve been using for the last couple years to manage integration testing. After that, I’ll talk about a new requirement for integration and unit testing, and how I altered things to accommodate the new requirements. The Last Two Years For the last two years I had a small set of Powershell scripts that allowed me to make sure my integration tests are using the latest libraries compiled with the latest source, and using the latest nunit test code. Testing_profile.ps1 – ......

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2010 3:59 PM

How RSSBus is useful in PowerShell
PowerShell users are scripters and developers who love productivity tools. That’s why you and I like PowerShell – it gives us so much to help us work more efficiently. RSSBus is another swiss-army knife of technology along this same vein, and is a handy complement to PowerShell. The biggest wins? #1, RSSBus makes it easy to get data. No matter the source of the data (tons of sources are supported already, with many more to come and an open interface so anybody can build more data connectors), with ......

Posted On Friday, April 3, 2009 12:26 PM

Twittering around
If you are using Twitter, let me know so I can follow you. Yep, I'm on Twitter now, finally. I decided to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla is about. Is it really that great? We'll see. While I'm checking it out - I decided to look at its API and look into whether or not I should throw together a Twitter connector for RSSBus. The API is very compact - simple and to the point. All simple HTTP get and put. All of the API methods return data in several formats - it looks like all of the gets ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:27 PM

RSSBus as a mashup tool
Raymond Yee wants to know how well RSSBus works as a mashup tool. While its true that RSSBus offers a lot of connectors that make it easy to mashup data coming from sources like Flickr, Amazon, and pre-existing RSS feeds - its also important to know that RSSBus is not only valuable as a mashup creation tool. One of its biggest uses is on the flip side of the coin - helping sources expose data in the first place. Without companies like Flickr and Amazon exposing their data in structured formats like ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 10:00 AM

Tip: How to Deploy RSSBus Feeds on Shared Hosting Servers
There are two ways to deploye feeds created with RSSBus to shared hosting web servers, both of which I will describe below. If you need more details on either of these please do not hesitate to contact me. To publish a live, dynamic feed:- In order to do this you'll need to make sure the file extensions .rsb and .rst are mapped to ASP.NET. If not, just ask your hosting company and they should be able to do this for you very quickly without any fuss.- Copy the .rsb and/or .rst file(s) to your host. ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 12:45 PM

Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code
Update: I changed the feed to default to partial length, only the first 1000 characters of the article body. To change it to get the full body, add another querystring parameter named full with value true, ie: Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code. Thats pretty impressive, really. How? With RSSBus and a little script that calls RSSBus NntpOps. Here's ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 5:08 PM

Generating KML with RSSBus
RSSBus is good for more than just generating RSS feeds or helping you easily create an API for your data or services. Its also useful in easily outputting other formats as well, such as KML (an XML format for Google Earth). For example, recently Tim posted an example of using XmlTextWriter to generate KML. For most of ius, its not rocket science, but compare his code and the ease of writing it with how it can be done with RSSBus. With RSSBus you can just literally write the XML and plug-in the values ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 9:23 AM

Top 10 most useful extensions to use in syndication feeds
In August, the Google Reader Blog posted a list of the most commonly used extensions in feeds. Here is my list of the top 10 most useful extensions for syndication: 10. iTunes This one really shouldn't even be on this list, but I include it because it did make a big splash when it was released. It also generated a lot of frustration and anger amoung podcast producers. The iTunes namespace extension was created to allow podcast feed producers to integrate their feeds with Apple's iTunes music player. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:26 PM

News feeds vs Data feeds (and Yahoo)
Some feeds have no use, at least for the majority of us, outside of a regular feed reader like Bloglines or FeedDemon. I call these "news feeds" whether they are feeds of world news from or Shelley Powers' personal blog postings. Perhaps "news feeds" is not the best name and I should change this habit. Now that I'm an a-lister I should be more precise, maybe. ;) I don't like to just use the word "feeds" to describe them all, because I think feeds that have more granular data in them need ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:29 AM

Where's Tim's Lunch?
In my last post I showed how I can create an RSSBus template to take the Where's Tim RSS feed and output it as a Google Earth KML format. This time I'll create an RSSBus script to take Tim's most recent location and output an RSS feed of pizza restaurants that he might eat lunch at today. I'll do this by “pipelining“ together Tim's feed with another restaurant feed. What's the difference in an RSSBus script and an RSSBus template? Not much. A script outputs an RSS feed, and a template outputs any ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:19 AM

Where's Tim RSSBus Template
Tim Hibbard has added GeoRSS to his Where's Tim location feed (by the way, you can get your own location feed through Where's Tim On Demand). I've talked about how RSSBus can be used to work with feeds and generate new output based on them. Here's a simplistic but neat example: I took Tim's location feed and called it from an RSSBus template. Inside the template I split out KML (Google Earth's XML format) that draws a path showing Tim's path throughout the day. Here's what the KML looks like in Google ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:50 AM

The "Unix pipe of the Internet"
In an interview with ACM Queue last year, Ray Ozzie called RSS "the Unix pipe of the Internet": "RSS is an extremely important standard. It’s the HTML of the next generation of the Web, or some people might refer to it as the Unix pipe of the Internet. It’s a way of channeling data from one application to another in very interesting and robust fashion. Again, I think it’s important as a technique far beyond just collaborative software." Again on his blog and at the E-Tech conference Ray hits on this ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:20 AM

OFX (Open Financial Exchange) is a standard for electronic exchange of financial data
OFX (Open Financial Exchange) is a standard for electronic exchange of financial data. This standard is what many software applications use to monitor and perform financial transactions right on your PC desktop. /n software's IBiz OFX Integrator is a suite of components, which gives .Net and Java developers the power of OFX in a simple API. Jeremy has a list of OFX FI Data. This contains an index of thousands of financial institutions, and separate xml files with the individual FI details. Before ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 6:52 AM

Visual Studio Team System - mstest.exe
For those of you who haven't been following the betas, Visual Studio 2005 contains a new project template for testers - the Test Project template. This project type allows you to create unit tests, web tests, and load tests (which can include unit and web tests side by side). The test project will compile into a dll. VSTS has an excellent user interface for managing and running the tests, however I need a way to run the tests easily and on a regular basis from outside of the IDE: mstest.exe is the ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:33 PM

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