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Topic # 29507 9-Jan-2009 17:41
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As a developer, it would be great to have an API for Geekzone so we can write addons tools to keep informed with the forums.

Before I use my Mod powers to beg the BDFL for an API, if there was an API, two questions:
  1. Would you use it (and what language do you use)?
  2. What features would you like the API to have?
I use .net and would like to have an RSS feed of replies to threads I'm subscribed to, rather than receiving an email everytime someone responds (especially when I go away on holiday, my inbox fills up with Geekzone replies).

No guarantees this will happen, curious to see if anyone else would like to see an API implemented.

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Reply # 188512 10-Jan-2009 07:45
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I don't mind making some sort of API available, but as it is I haven't seem much interest. Most people are here for one reason or another but certaily not for widget development. For example we have a couple of RSS feeds and XML files used in the Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that could be used to create widgets for other platforms but so far I have seen only one application created...

Also, remember, RSS feed consumption is pretty much stable at 12% of the Internet population, and it seems it was quite flat in 2008. I think obviously the format is great (I have hundreds of feeds and read all them every day) but not everyone is keen on using yet anothe software to consume them...





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Reply # 188541 10-Jan-2009 11:41
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I would be keen to see a standard API wrapper around the Geekzone blogging engine - we could then support other blogging software like Windows Live writer, etc.

I also like the idea of expanding RSS coverage / options. But that's because I'm a heavy RSS user - as Mauricio points out, the uptake vs cost ratio may not be that positive overall.




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  Reply # 188627 10-Jan-2009 18:59
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freitasm: I don't mind making some sort of API available, but as it is I haven't seem much interest. Most people are here for one reason or another but certaily not for widget development.


Agreed, hence my post to guage interest and to see what people (if any) would like to see developed before we ask you properly.

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Reply # 188645 10-Jan-2009 20:37
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RedJungle: I would be keen to see a standard API wrapper around the Geekzone blogging engine - we could then support other blogging software like Windows Live writer, etc.


This is something I had talked about with KevDaly before - he's got a weblogger meta api developed for .Net and we could easily integrate on Geekzone - thus using any of the tools available out there for blogging.




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