Sample for parsing webpages for a rich client

Topics: Developer Forum
Coordinator
Aug 15, 2006 at 10:04 PM
I just added a small sample project to show one way to use a webbrowser control to extract data from the current webpages and parse into information usable to create a rich client.

Solution ForumExplorer
Link: http://www.codeplex.com/SourceControl/DownloadSourceCode.aspx?ProjectName=ForumsToolbar&changeSetId=3353

It is uncommented and not production quality code.
Coordinator
Aug 16, 2006 at 2:01 PM
Andreas, nice sample. I think we'll end up having to parse HTML like this; but, I'd really like to avoid this. Essentially, this ties the Toolset to the presentation layer of the Forums. Should the Forums change we'll likely have to play catch-up whenever the Forums code gets updated. If we have parse HTML I would strongly recommend this be done in a physically decoupled layer.

As Joe has mentioned; modifications to the Forums to suit the Toolset are unlikely; but, it would be really nice to have a series of web service interfaces/methods to perform the majority of the functionality--decoupling presentation from business logic.