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bloglines-style client for reading LJ [Apr. 25th, 2006|10:22 am]
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I want to be able to read locked posts in bloglines, and I want bloglines to support cut tags. Neither of these things are ever going to happen, so I'm thinking what I really need is a client for reading LJ that formats my friends list like bloglines does.

I don't believe such a thing exists. In fact, I don't see any clients for reading LJ, only for posting -- am I wrong?

I'm considering writing a Firefox plugin. You'd choose "open friends list" from a menu item, and it would open a new tab/window and display your friends list formatted in frames like bloglines does. Items would be able to be "kept new" (which I believe means I wouldn't be able to use greasemonkey, because I'd have to go make requests directly to LJ, not just reformat the existing presentation of the friendlist).

Am I off track at all? Any suggestions?

Thanks all!

[User Picture]From: jphekman
2006-04-25 06:15 pm (UTC)
I was imagining it would work like this:

1. Request friends list for logged-in user
2. For each user on list, request "all recent posts" (I believe I saw this in the API)
3. Indicate which users have new posts
4. When the user chooses a friend, display those posts

I don't know XUL but I do know XML and Java -- "how hard can it be?" :)
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
2006-04-25 06:17 pm (UTC)
To get the recent posts, you could use the per-user rss feeds (I think they live somewhere around user.livejournal.com/data/rss). Add support for 304 (HTTP not modified), and away you go!
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[User Picture]From: jphekman
2006-04-25 06:27 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately one of the things I most want to work around (which I should have mentioned in my original post) is that many LJ users lately have configured their RSS feeds to contain titles only, no content. I specifically want to get the data direct from LJ so that I can get all the data! (And hopefully have a chance to handle cut tags -- not sure yet how that will work.)
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
2006-04-25 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm. You should be able to get the itemids out of the RSS feed (the permalink). Use those to grab the actual entry, and grab it with the lynx style (which IIRC nukes just about all the custom layouts and leaves you with a very basic layout, plus the actual entry).
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[User Picture]From: jphekman
2006-04-25 06:39 pm (UTC)
Clever! Yes! That's very helpful, thanks.
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