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client question [Apr. 9th, 2003|09:18 pm]
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[grayhawk]
okay....now that I think I found the right place to ask this....
Which of these would be the easiest to write a client in?
Microsoft Visual Basic | C++ | J++ (all 6.0)
Borland Delphi 6

I'm guessing Visual Basic, but not sure.
thank you for your time
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From: ex_snej373
2003-04-09 09:26 pm (UTC)
Is this just a toy for yourself, or a real project you want other people to use?

If the latter, my spoilsport opinion is that the world already has a large number of LJ clients; it probably isn't clamoring for more unless you have some really incredibly unique idea. Wouldn't it be better to find an existing open source client and contribute to it?

And a non-spoilsport opinion: the best protocol for a client to talk to LJ is the XML-RPC interface. So pick a language/framework that has support for XML-RPC, either built in or as an add-on library. Otherwise you'll be stuck with the really annoying low level details of data parsing (probably via the flat interface, which is easier to parse from scratch than XML-RPC is.)
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