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Google and Dojo, F.E.E.D.I.N.G

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on May 6, 2008

This is the second in series of posts on the work I’m doing to bring the Google Ajax APIs and Dojo Ajax Toolkit together. The first post was Google And Dojo, Sitting in a Tree, which you can read for some background.

I have submitted a new data store to the DojoX project, dojox.data.GoogleFeedStore, which makes it possible to access any RSS or Atom feed, anywhere, directly from your own web page. Simply pass the URL of the feed to the GoogleFeedStore, and it will return it to you using the dojo.data.Read API.

Example

var store = new dojox.data.GoogleFeedStore();
store.fetch({
  query:{url:"https://shaneosullivan.wordpress.com/feed/"},
  onComplete: function(items) {
    dojo.forEach(items, "alert('Got feed entry with title ' + this.getValue(item, 'title'))", store);
  },
  count: 10
});

This will retrieve the first 10 entries in my blogs feed, and alert the title of each.

The huge advantage of this is that you no longer need any server side redirects to access RSS and Atom feeds from your own website. This Google service is the basis for Google Reader and iGoogle.

If you want to access an Atom feed from your own web server, you can also use the dojox.data.AtomReadStore that I wrote earlier. However, this is only useful if you have direct access to the Atom XML document using Ajax, and due to browser security issues, you can only load these documents from the web server hosting the web page. This new GoogleFeedStore removes that restriction, and has the added advantage that it also works with RSS.

Check out the demo page to get a feel for it (available in the May 6th nightlies), and there should be an example up on the Dojo Feature Explorer quite soon too.

As before, a big thanks to Google for providing such a cool service.

Posted in Ajax, Dojo, dojo.data, dojox, dojox.data, Feeds, Google, Javascript, json, open source, Technical | Tagged: | 6 Comments »

Google and Dojo, Sitting in a tree…

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on May 1, 2008

I’ve submitted a bunch of new data stores to the Dojo Ajax Toolkit that make it simple to search Google directly from your own site (ticket here).

Update: I’ve also submitted a store to read any Atom or RSS feed, anywhere, without any server redirects. See Google And Dojo, F.E.E.D.I.N.G

This is different from putting a search box on your site and redirecting to Google. With the new dojox.data.GoogleSearchStore family of data stores, you can retrieve google search results in JSON format, and display them on your site directly.

Pause a second…. let it sink in…..

There are no cross domain issues, and no server side component is required. It uses the dojo.io.script transport to access the Google Ajax API service. Just stick the following on your page:

<div dojoType=”dojox.data.GoogleWebSearchStore” jsID=”googleStore”></div>

and you have Google’s millions of servers at your fingertips.

The following data stores are available:

  • GoogleWebSearchStore – does a standard web search.
  • GoogleBlogSearchStore – searches blogs. A future enhancement I will be writing will be to write a data store that accesses Google’s extremely cool Ajax Feed API, which provides access to any ATOM feed, anywhere, in JSON. It’ll be possible to do a full web search of all blogs for certain topics, then using the feed store to pull down that complete feed .
  • GoogleLocalSearchStore – searches the Google Local service to find places, businesses etc.
  • GoogleVideoSearchStore – Does what it says on the tin, searches for videos.
  • GoogleNewsSearchStore – Finds news stories…. noticing a pattern yet?
  • GoogleBookSearchStore – Um, finds books..
  • GoogleImageSearchStore – Finds images. This provides both a thumbnail and full sized version, similar to the FlickrRestStore already provided by Dojo.

The potential applications are more or less infinite. Demos included in the check-in show how to integrate this with the extremely cool dojox.dtl templating engine to display the results in a number of different ways, as well as how to feed the results into the Dojo Grid, Gallery and SlideShow.

This code is included in the nightly checkouts of Dojo, and not in v1.1. To get it, either check it out from source control, or get it from http://archive.dojotoolkit.org/nightly/.

Have a look at the simplistic demo of it in action at http://archive.dojotoolkit.org/nightly/dojotoolkit/dojox/data/demos/demo_GoogleSearchStore.html (available from the May 1st nightlies).

A big thank you to Google for making this service available. Now go play!

P.S. Stay tuned for the Yahoo variant, coming soon!

Posted in Ajax, Atom, Dojo, dojo.data, dojox, Javascript, json, open source, Technical | Tagged: | 13 Comments »

 
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