This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
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.
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!