Hi, Is it possible to write a desktop program in Java to communicate with my weblog? You know, I want a program which is capable of doing all my weblog things without opening the browser. Thus, I can write any time I want and publish it when online. In a word, do weblog things in the program instead of in the web pages. Any ideas? Thanks.
Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Sure. The easiest way is probably to drive the existing web interface by sending requests and receieving responses in your software. I usually use httpunit for this. Although billed as a testing tool, it also contains a useful general purpose toolkit for driving web pages and extracting information from the results - just what you need! You can read some code examples of using httpunit to drive a web application in an article I wrote for the javaRanch journal back in September: here. Have fun!