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I am a Software Analyst Developer working in Southport, England but living in Liverpool. I develop mainly in C# and ASP.Net. I have been developing comercial software for several years now. I maintain this site (hosted at SwitchMedia UK) as a way of exploring new technologies (such as AJAX) and just generally talking about techie geek issues. This site is developed through a host of Perl scripts and a liberal use of Javascript. I enjoy experimenting with new technologies and anything that I make I host here.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Amazon Search in XAML

I have just been playing with some XAML databinding. I was interested by the Channel 9 Example which creates an RSS reader in just a couple of lines of XAML

I hooked it up to Amazons REST API. I had a couple of problems with it that I will go into later. But what follows is the XAML that I used [also it can be downloaded from my server]:

xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/avalon/2005" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/xaml/2005" Margin="10">
<XmlDataNamespaceManager x:Key="NS">
<XmlNamespace Prefix="a"
="http://webservices.amazon.com/ AWSECommerceService /2005-10-05" />
<XmlDataSource x:Key="Amazon" XmlNamespaceManager="{StaticResource NS}"
AssociateTag=cnetfra-21& AWSAccessKeyId=[SUBSCRIPTION ID]&
SearchIndex=Books& Keywords=AJAX& BrowseNode=71& ResponseGroup=Request,Large,Images& Sort=salesrank& Operation=ItemSearch"

<DataTemplate x:Key="TitleTemplate">
<TextBlock TextContent="{Binding XPath=a:ASIN}" />

<Label Content="{Binding Source={StaticResource Amazon}, XPath=/a:ItemSearchResponse/a:OperationRequest/ a:HTTPHeaders/a:Header/@Name}" FontSize="24" FontWeight="Bold" />

<DockPanel DataContext="{Binding Source={StaticResource Amazon},
Height="300px" >
<ListBox DockPanel.Dock="Left" Binding.XmlNamespaceManager="{StaticResource NS}"
ItemsSource="{Binding}" ItemTemplate="{StaticResource TitleTemplate}" IsSynchronizedWithCurrentItem="True" />
<TextBox Name="Contents" Text="{Binding XPath=a:ItemAttributes/a:Title}" Wrap="True" Width="Auto" />

The major problem that I had was that the AMAZON API has a default namespace, therefore to be able to use XPath against the datasource you need to include a NamespaceManager so that the XPath queries are resolved correctly. Once this is done everything is really simple.

Now this example I have created leaves a lot to be desired, but you can see how easy it to create.

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Nice script.
Do you know if this type of script will work on live.com via WPF/E or jolt?


By Anonymous, at Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:38:00 PM