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Twilight 1.1: Using a Yahoo Pipes Proxy

Posted in Silverlight | Twitter at Tuesday, 27 January 2009 06:54 Pacific Standard Time

I just pushed a minor update to Twilight that you can now download on the codeplex site (version 1.1). I really wanted to allow the xap file to be hosted on other servers since many bloggers don’t have the ability to host their own xap files. After reading Scott Barnes’ post about replacing his header with Silverlight I decided I would take a similar approach. Instead of using a callback or trying to get the data directly, Scott followed Jonas’ post on using Yahoo Pipes to proxy data to Silverlight. I took the same approach and during the process refactored some of the code by moving all the data logic out to a separate set of classes. Now when the xap loads it checks to see if it can access the Html Bridge and makes sure it is on the same domain. If it is then it will just use the standard Twitter callback method, otherwise it uses the yahoo pipes proxy I created.


The pipe I created simple takes a username and the number of tweets to return and grabs the twitter xml. I then use an HttpRequest in my code to get this xml from yahoo formatted as json which matches up to the json that I was getting from Twitter with the exception that there are a few wrapper objects I have to go through to get the tweets. I also moved all the update logic out of the page class and into the base data provider class since that made a lot more sense.

I think the new code makes it much cleaner and the end result is you can now just stick the object tag up on your blog and leave the xap hosted on my server if you’d like. Here is the html you can use for the hosted version:

<div id="silverlightControlHost">
  <object id="TwitterBadge" data="data:application/x-silverlight-2," type="application/x-silverlight-2" width="200" height="400">
    <param name="source" value="http://twilight.bryantlikes.com/Twilight.xap"/>
    <param name="minRuntimeVersion" value="2.0.31005.0" />  
    <param name="initParams" value="username=bryantlikes,count=10" />
    <div style='position:relative;'>
      <a style='z-index:0;' href='http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=124807' style='text-decoration: none;'>
      <img src="http://twilight.bryantlikes.com/twilightNoSilverlight.png" alt="Get Microsoft Silverlight" style='border-style: none'/> </a>
     <div style='font-family:Arial;font-size:10px;position:absolute;top:230;left:10;width:175px;'>
      by clicking "Install Microsoft Silverlight" you accept the <br />
    <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/resources/License.aspx?v=2.0">Silverlight license agreement</a>
  <iframe style='visibility:hidden;height:0;width:0;border:0px'>

Today I had my first sighting of Twilight in the wild over at Denny Boynton’s Blog.  Very cool!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009 00:56:26 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Nice work, Bryant.
I already had a Twitter widget on my UnBlog so I just replaced it with yours.
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