Qt DevNet Web Service API
Does QtDN provide a webservice API of any sort? I am asking because I was wondering if it would be interesting to you all to have either a plugin for qt-creator and/or a stand-alone app that provides access to QtDevNet.Within qt-creator, this could be integrated into “Welcome” mode or indeed appear as it’s own “Community/QtDN” mode.
I do not have any mockups or anything yet. I am just toying with the concept at present.
The more I think about it, the more I think that this could be a good way to reach more people in the community – especially if done as a plugin to qt-creator. I know several users of qt-creator who do not really use QtDN. Such a plugin would provide them with a way in and provide greater visibility as well as providing a way of quickly asking for or providing help.
API (using browser). Now to learn how to use QJson to parse the responses and get a proof of concept example working…Thanks Gerolf. I have just read both of those and have tried the
I like the idea. :) I have been toying with the idea of some integration into the KDE Social Desktop [techbase.kde.org] resp. into the Open Collaboration Services [freedesktop.org] as well. It never really materialized though.
Currently, I am waiting for some proper documentation for the existing API from the developer who wrote it. As soon as I have that I’ll make it available on the wiki. Maybe I should nag him a bit…
If you have suggestions for improvements while you play with the API, please let us know. :)
I have had a couple of hours ot play around with this today. Here is the result of my tinkering so far:
So far my simple test harness just uses QNAM to login to QtDN and then uses the web api described here [bugreports.qt.nokia.com] to query my profile details. The main widget is a declarative view in which I have a simple qml scene that binds to properties of a C++ Profile object.
Could I put in a request for an addition to the profile api please? It would be very useful if it also returned an entry for the total number of points in this rank. That is the total number of points required to go from Robot Herder to Dinosaur Breeder for example. This would allow me to calculate a percentage towards next level value and show that in a progress bar without the need to hard-code the rank point boundaries.
Next I will start looking at the Unread Forum Posts api and see if I can make another qml component for that. I will also add in support for profile badges. I’ll try to find some time tomorrow to make this little code available to anybody who is interested.
Eventually I would like to release a little QML based QtDevNet app for Symbian etc.
If anybody is interested, you can now download my little test harness from my subversion repository. Just do:
- svn co https://svn.theharmers.co.uk/svn/codes/public/qtdevnetclient/trunk qtdevnetclient
Then build as normal. This project requires qjson to be available. If the compiler cannot find it then export QJSONROOT with the path to where qjson is installed and re-run qmake.
The test harness app now polls QtDN every 60 seconds for an update to your profile which is then relfected in the QML scene.
For now it is just functional. I’ll add some bling later ;-)
It was surprisingly easy – only 453 lines of code plus a little QML so far. If I get something useful going then maybe you’ll see a new user-agent string showing up in the analytics soon ;-)
- request.setRawHeader( "User-Agent", "ZapB's QtDevNet Client 0.1" );
When I finish the next stage I may have some more API requests as that will likely be the much easier option as opposed to scraping fragments from a complete web-page. It will result in a lighter load on the server too.