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    Google API (VB.net)

    Adding API References to VB.NET

    (This is a completion to a request, this is number 1 [4 more to go])
    Sorry it's taking so long.

    Here is a tutorial on how you can access Google API , this can open a new world to all developers as there are 1000's of sites which use API and has a WSDL for reference.

    Note: Youtube is the big one, using YouTube API you can add YouTube Players and Videos to your projects
    ( lolland can make a application that houses all his video tutorials internally :P)


    We will be referencing Google's Search API, allowing you to embed (without browser) a Google Search using VB controls (or Youtube Videos, plus all of their features , like login, remove video upload video , etc. use this to make widgets, etc. , I am sharing this A. for learning and B. This will hopefully spark some ideas for those who are out of them )

    As always Open VB.net and follow along.

    Download Google API SDK

    Code:
    http://code.google.com/p/google-gdata/downloads/list
    Note: It is the MSI (Visual Studio Reference)



    After the MSI has Downloaded, Run the Install file and complete it



    Now we need to add the reference.

    Note: The binaries and DLL files can be found in the default install location ( "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Data API SDK\Sources\Samples\")

    Right click your project name in your solutions explorer.

    Select "Add Reference"




    Click the Browse tab.

    Goto C:\ ---> Program Files -----> Google ---- > Google Data API SDK ----> Redist"

    Note: this is the default location, if you setup a different location then navigate to the Redist folder inside of your chosen location.

    Select

    Google.GData.Youtube

    Then Go back and add this one.


    Google.GData.Client.dll
    and

    Google.GData.Extensions.dll
    Note: There are others in the folder, play around with them if you like. (Youtube API references are in there as well )

    Now that the references are added we can take advatage of the API and use them inside our program, lets do a simple search (though the possibilities are endless)

    In Code View above Public Class FormName add

    Code:
    Imports Google.GData.Client
    Imports Google.GData.Extensions
    Imports Google.Youtube
    ' The next two are not needed for this tutorial, however I have included them 
    ' because as you begin to get more into using API (google) you may save information 
    ' or post to ASP.net or someother website, (or use emails to send information, like search results) 
    Imports System****
    Imports System.Web

    After that you will now have access to Google and Youtube API

    Such as

    Search
    Request
    Post
    Delete (youtube Video)
    Etc. Etc. Etc.

    I am working on a sample project (OpenS) of course, and I will post it in this thread, it will Search google, Google images and allow embedding of youtube videos.

    Some (alot of) websites that allow API have WSDL (XML) Web Refernces which can be accessed in a similiar matter, if you come across some API (SOAP) let me know and I will write a tut on how to acccess the API
    and use it in your software, this is a much better approach to Web Douments.

    Hope this helps.

    API References can be found here
    Code:
    http://code.google.com/more/
    Last edited by NextGen1; 02-08-2010 at 01:20 PM.


     


     


     



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    Could you post some examples =/?

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    I will be posting plenty of examples


     


     


     



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    Good job.

    API's ftw.

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    API's can be used for 100's if not 1000's of features that are available online (or else ware)

    In this case, You can use almost all of google's features and Youtube Features (and Functions) in your application.

    Youtube API can be used to embed video, call credentials, Delete a video (from your list) add a video to your list, so on and so forth.

    Google can be used to search spell check ("Did you mean...") Google Maps, Google Images, Language tools etc... except inside your windows application (or asp.net application)

    MSN has API (for messenger)

    Yahoo Offers API

    Active Renderer (online publishing)

    Amazon (grab for sale, etc. etc. )

    Skype has APIs

    Aol Music Now (Access Aol Music)

    ******** (online storage, make a program that allows ******** storage)

    Data On Call ( Fax services, make your program have a online/anywhere fax machine)

    E bay ( online auctions, add your items to your software, or develop a Ebay desktop application)

    Geo Names (postal code lookup)

    Google adwords

    Google calendar

    Google talk

    Google wave

    Bing

    MSN Search

    Pay Pal (add a pay pal feature right to your application)


    You get the idea, there are 1000's upon 1000's of sites that offer web services (APIs)

    You can take advantage of these to enhance your application, this may be to much of a intermediate tutorial for those new to vb, but , that's why I shared, get learning


     


     


     



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    holy shit.
    /see my release plz.


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    OMG WE'RE TWINSIES!!!

    Oh and btw... what's the MSN API used for?

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    @ Mneep

    I seen your release, Ill comment


    @ Lolland

    There are numerous

    MSN Messenger (used to access msn messenger features)

    MSN Search (used for msn live search etc. )

    Plus a few others I can't think of .

    Point is , as far as coding goes, it's a whole new level (so to speak)

    Coders spend alot of time either in windows, or on the net...

    I code in ASP.net and VB.net (plus other web based languages) but for those who don't
    want to program asp.net (online applications) Calling Api's and using web services is the next best thing.


     


     


     



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