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RSS Feed Reader in Silverlight

Posted By:Dexterity Solutions       Posted Date: June 26, 2010    Points: 25    Category: ASP.NET    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

Feed Reader in RSS

What is RSS?
 RSS (acronymic for Really Simple Syndication) is "a group of XML based web-content distribution and republication (Web syndication) formats primarily used by news sites and weblogs (blogs)." Essentially, an RSS feed is a hosted XML file from which your RSS newsreader pulls headlines, URLs, and other content as it is updated.

In Simple words you are trying to access a page from different domain from your's...Most of the time you'll see this exception when your Silverlight application is accessing a service not hosted on the same application domain.  This is considered cross-domain access and requires the service host to enable an opt-in policy file so rich client platforms are allowed to access the service.  In Silverlight we call that the clientaccesspolicy.xml file.





So generally the sites like sun.com,oracle.com,cisco.com dont give permissions for crossdomain calls,they only allow you to subscribe for feeds.

So I have found two solutions.

1)Use a proxy.which grants you permission and has a clientaccesspolicy.xml file

2)Yahoo Pipes

Here we will be discussing this by using a proxy..

so lets start..

public partial class MainPage : UserControl
  private Uri RSSUrl;
  private XmlReader reader; 
  public MainPage()
   // Required to initialize variables
  RSSUrl = new Uri("http://al.cloudapp.net/proxy.ashx?http://www.sun.com/rss/news-rss.xml");

  private void LoadXMLFile()
    WebClient xmlClient = new WebClient();
    xmlClient.DownloadStringCompleted +=new System.Net.DownloadStringCompletedEventHandler(xmlClient_DownloadStringCompleted);

   private void xmlClient_DownloadStringCompleted(object sender, System.Net.DownloadStringCompletedEventArgs e)
      string xmlString  = e.Result;
      XDocument xd = XDocument.Parse(xmlString);
      var v = from g in xd.Descendants("item")
        select new Feeds
         Title = g.Element("title").Value,
         Link =g.Element("link").Value,  

WebClient Class->Provides common methods for sending data to and receiving data from a resource identified by a URI.I have used  Linq(Language Integrated Query)to read the xml file.

I have not put try catch block ,i leave that  upto you guys.and one more thing now you can bind the result "v" to the Listbox of silverlight to see the result.

For more information, you can contact me at : http://www.dexterity.co.in

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