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Yan Yi

Joined: Dec 03, 2003
Posts: 2
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?
Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
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!

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Yan Yi

Joined: Dec 03, 2003
Posts: 2
Thanks, Frank.
I am learning your article.
I agree. Here's the link:
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