Whether it's talking
about current events or sharing photos of a family vacation, the world
is now addicted to social networks. Businesses recognize this, and these
days every business wants social media addressed in their applications.
Facebook, Twitter, and other sites provide powerful APIs you can use to
harness the power of social networking in your own applications.
However, most of these APIs tend to return data formatted in any number
of syndication formats that can be quite painful to work with. Luckily,
there are many free .NET based libraries that make interacting with
these APIs a breeze. Over the next several weeks, I'll be posting some
information and examples specific to some of these libraries. Here are a
few of them now for your consumption...
exposes its API in the form of three different APIs, two REST APIs
and one Streaming API. These APIs can be queried by making HTTP GET/POST
requests to a specific URL with some required parameters.
Unfortunately, writing code to make these requests and parse the
returned data can be quite a time consuming task. Luckily, Daniel Crenna
and Jason Diller took it upon themselves to develop TweetSharp
complete .NET library for microblogging platforms. Through the use of
its fluent API, TweetSharp makes it easy to interact with services such
<a href="http://www.tweetsharp.com/" id="e0hc" title="Click
here">Click here to learn more about TweetSharp. Click
here to learn more about the Twitter API.
Developer Toolkit Facebook
exposes its API in the form of a
developers with a way to establish a connection between Facebook and
their application via Facebook Connect while also allowing them to make
calls to the REST API. Unfortunately, writing code to making these calls
and parse their returned data may not be something you have time for.
Fortunately for us, Microsoft now supports a project known as the Facebook
. The Facebook Developer Toolkit exposes the
Facebook API via an easy to use .NET interface and allows you to build
Silverlight, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, and WinForms applications with ease. <a href="http://www.codeplex.com/FacebookToolkit" id="aczc" title="Click
here">Click here to learn more about the Facebook Developer Toolkit.
here to learn more about the Facebook API.
.NET Client Library YouTube
and many other Google owned
services expose their functionality through the use of the Google Data
Protocol. This protocol, like the others I've discussed, is accessed via
HTTP GET/POST requests and returns a response in XML. Fortunately for
us, we will never have to interact with this protocol directly. Google
actually provides and maintains several client libraries in a number of
different programming languages. The <a href="http://code.google.com/p/google-gdata/" id="a_n9" title="Google
Data .NET Client Library">Google Data .NET Client Library provides
the functionality you will need for interacting with the Data Protocol
in .NET based applications. <a href="http://code.google.com/p/google-gdata/" id="vgir" title="Click
here">Click here to learn more about the Google Data .NET Client
Click here to learn more about the Google Data