Archive for December 2009

Take advantage of the new Windows 7 Taskbar #2 [Showcase : Bloginto7]

This is the part 2 of how to build a simple feed reader following the style of the Gmail Notifier Plus which uses basically the Windows 7 taskbar features.42001378_thumb
Part 1 was about the XAML part of the application, this part will show how to read the feeds asynchronously, how to change the ProgressBar and have an auto update features to read feeds.
First we need a prototype class to hold the feeds :

  1. namespace BlogInto_win7
  2. {
  3.     public class Feed
  4.     {
  5.         public int Id { get; set; }
  6.         public string Title { get; set; }
  7.         public string Link { get; set; }
  8.         public string PubDate { get; set; }
  9.         public string Author { get; set; }
  10.         public string Description { get; set; }
  11.         public string Votes { get; set; }
  12.     }
  13. }
Then we will need the following public variables to hold the feeds data, the current feeds shown and a timer for auto update.

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BlogInto, The First Google Chrome Extension For Bloginy

BlogInto has been around for a while as a standard Windows application or a Windows 7 specific version, today it is going public as a Google Chrome extension too.

It is so basic for now and it is the result of less than 2 hours playing around with the extensions’ APIs and specifications, if you want to play around with them too, make sure you take a look at the post about developing Google Chrome extensions I posted yesterday.

You can install it directly from here : and of course the source code is public, you can view it using the Chrome developer tools –this is how to do it : [link]-.

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Well,I hope you like it, and I would be happy to hear your feedback about any issues and problems with the extension, also any suggestions about features to include are welcome too.


Develop Google Chrome Extensions, SVN ‘em All Now

The buzz these days is all about Google Chrome extensions, you can check the directory of the available extensions here, you can even publish you own extensions on the same website.
If you want to develop for Google Chrome extensions, you will be so pleased if you already know JavaScript, the extensions are some sort of JavaScript pages (frames) that interact with a variety of APIs.
The Google Extensions website for developers on Google Code - is really amazing (as all the other products explained by Google) and it’s too detailed and simple to follow and start getting your hands on the Chrome extensions.
After a while you will need to try out the examples they provide, and the best way is to checkout their ready-to-run samples using you favorite SVN tool, here I use TortoiseSVN for Windows and it’s working pretty cool.
In your favorite directory, right click in a free space and choose SVN Checkout.

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