Get Twitter, Facebook And Feed Readers Count In ASP.NET

2. September 2011 03:40

API ASP.NET Code Snippets Web  6 Comments

I am working on some web stuff these days and surfing around to look at some of the best web developer's work around the web. As I was surfing I came across one of the most popular and reputed web tutorials site Nettus+. I am not going talking about any tutorial or article published on this site, but one thing that attracts my attention was the way they are displaying their followers count on twitter, facebook likes and RSS readers.
This looks pretty cool and just out of curiosity I viewed the page source, hoping to find some script or API call which gets the count. But eventually I can't found anything. For Twitter and Facebook I know that there is an API and therefore I can get the twitter followers and facebook like count but don't know anything about the feed readers count. So I search the web get myself aware of the feedburner API. So let's take a look at the code.
Get Twitter Followers Count

To get your twitter followers count, I am making a REST API call. This call will return XML string and then I am going to parse the received XML using LINQ. You just need to pass your twitter user name to get the followers count.
public string GetTwitterFollowersCount(string UserName)
            XDocument xdoc = XDocument.Load("" + UserName + "&include_entities=false");
            return (from item in xdoc.Descendants("user")
                    select item.Element("followers_count").Value).SingleOrDefault();
Get Facebook Likes Count

To get total Facebook likes count you need to remember that you have to use the URL of your page for e.g. or and not just the name of your page. Check out the code:
public string GetFacebookLikes(string FaceBookURL)
         string URL = ",%20total_count,%20share_count,%20click_count%20from%20link_stat%20where%20url=%22" + FaceBookURL + "%22";
         XElement xdoc = null;
         XElement counts = null;
         xdoc = XElement.Load(URL);

         IEnumerable<XElement> total_Like_count =
             from elem in xdoc.Descendants()
             where elem.Name.LocalName == "like_count"
             select elem;

         counts = total_Like_count.First();
         string FBLikes = Convert.ToString(counts.Value);
         return FBLikes;
Get RSS Feed Readers Count

To get the RSS feed readers count you need to pass the complete URL of your feed URL for e.g.
public string GetFeedReadersCount(string url)
            XDocument xdoc = XDocument.Load("" + url);
            return (from item in xdoc.Descendants("entry")
                    select item.Attribute("circulation").Value).SingleOrDefault();

This is it, now it all depends on the designer or developer how to get the stats and present it in a more attractive way. I am not a designer and this is why I am not putting any effort to do something like this to show you this thing in action. At present I am working on JQuery version of the above code, so people who are willing to show stats on their blogs or website which are different platforms. Till that time, try the above code with ASP.NET and let me know of this helps you out.

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Syntax Highlighter In WPF

9. May 2011 16:55

C# Code Snippets Projects Visual Studio WPF  1 Comment

If you are writing code for a while now then by now you must have a lot of code snippets which you will be using in your application development, and you use them because they save a lot of development time. At this moment I have now a huge collection of code snippets which includes functions, classes, extension methods and functions that I have extracted from different open source applications.
As I was progressing towards building an application in WPF which helps me managing all my code, a thought ran into my mind that it would be good if I could use syntax highlighting in the code. As usual I began my search to find a control in WPF which supports syntax highlighting and what I found, I was and I am at present satisfied. The control called AvalonEdit is a part of the free IDE called SharpDevelop for C# and VB.NET and Boo projects.
Languages support by the control:
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • XML
  • XMLDoc
  • VB.NET
  • C#
  • C++
  • Coco
  • Java
  • PHP
  • Patch
  • Boo
  • TeX
  • Custom Highlighting
I am a .NET guy so I will be using it for highlighting C# code. Fire Visual Studio and create a new WPF project. Add ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.dll in the reference of your project.

After adding the reference in your project, add below XAML code on the window where you have your code window.
<Window x:Class="SyntaxHighlighter.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="401" Width="617" Loaded="Window_Loaded">
<avalonEdit:TextEditor  Name="txtCode"
At line 4, we will use custom mapping (because it is a third-party control) so we can use the control in our project. At line 7, I have used TextEditor class of the AvalonEdit namespace. The font name and size is the same as of the source code text editor in Visual Studio 2010.
To get the control working with least configuration set some namespaces on the top, and two lines of code on window load for syntax highlighting and to show line numbers respectively.
using ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.CodeCompletion;
using ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.Folding;
using ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.Highlighting;
txtCode.SyntaxHighlighting = HighlightingManager.Instance.GetDefinition("C#");
txtCode.ShowLineNumbers = true;
If you wish to change the language, then just change the name of the language which is passed as a parameter in the GetDefinition method. The code in the Window_Loaded method will allow you to set syntax highlighting specifically for C#, pretty simple but not very useful. Check out the other way where the text editor will load the file and by reading the file extension, it will set the syntax highlighting. Above method will be useful if the user wants to set syntax highlighting of his choice. But if you want to detect the language and get the syntax highlighting automatically, then use the below code.
txtCode.SyntaxHighlighting = HighlightingManager.Instance.GetDefinitionByExtension(System.IO.Path.GetExtension("D:\\Data.cs"));
txtCode.ShowLineNumbers = true;
The first line of code will Load the file and the second file will first get the extension of the file loaded, set the instance of the HighlightingManager class and in the end set the syntax highlighting. This is what I got in the end (I am using the second way to load the file).

Note: To make sure that the second method work, you need to make sure that the file should have a language extension like .cs for C#, cpp for C++, xml for XML files etc. AvalonEdit is an open source code, so you can play around with it and can have your own customizations. There are lots of in-built configurations that you can do to set up your syntax highlighting control. I strongly recommend you to download the below files and take a look at the sample application.
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Use Extension Methods To Extend Your Applications

1. May 2011 14:09

.NET Framework C# Code Snippets  0 Comments

What MSDN has to say about Extension Methods

Extension methods enable you to "add" methods to existing types without creating a new derived type, recompiling, or otherwise modifying the original type. Extension methods are a special kind of static method, but they are called as if they were instance methods on the extended type.

A friend of mine started blogging a months ago and he wrote a blog post showing the usage of Extension Methods. I do some of the search and I found a website called ExtensionMethod.NET with a nice collections of extension methods. You can submit your own extension methods to share with other people among the community. ExtensionMethod is a initiative project started by Fons Sonnemans and Loek van den Ouweland.


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Code Snippet: Remove Duplicates From ArrayList

30. April 2011 02:51

C# Code Snippets  0 Comments

Two methods to remove Duplicates from ArrayList.

Method 1:

private static ArrayList RemoveDuplicates(ArrayList arrList) 
        ArrayList list = new ArrayList();
        foreach (string item in arrList) 
             if (!list.Contains(item)) 
        return list; 

Method 2:

private static string[] RemoveDuplicates(ArrayList arrList)
        HashSet<string> Hset = new HashSet<string>((string[])arrList.ToArray(typeof(string)));
        string[] Result = new string[Hset.Count];
        return Result;

Disclaimer: I found this method on the net and therefore I am sharing it as it is. Use any of the above which suites your requirement.

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Code Snippet: Export DataGridView To Excel With Columns

25. January 2011 16:12

C# Code Snippets  5 Comments

This is among one of the best code snippet I have and using since long to export the datagridview to excel. The best part of this code snippet is that it just don't uses the excel interop, so you need not to worry about the Office version or PIAs installed at user's machine. What actualy is needed is just a Reflection namespace - System.Reflection and it will bind the data to the instance of the excel application.


private void Export2Excel(DataGridView datagridview, bool captions)
    if (datagridview.ColumnCount > 0)
        string[] strArray = new string[datagridview.ColumnCount];
        string[] strArray2 = new string[datagridview.ColumnCount];
        int num = 0;
        int index = 0;
        int num3 = 0;
        for (index = 0; index < datagridview.ColumnCount; index++)
            strArray[index] = datagridview.Rows[0].Cells[index].OwningColumn.Name.ToString();
            if ((num > 0) && ((index % num) == 0))
                num = 0;
            num3 = index / 0x1a;
            if (num3 == 0)
                num = index + 0x41;
                strArray2[index] = Convert.ToString((char)num);
                int num4 = num3 + 0x40;
                num = (index % 0x1a) + 0x41;
                strArray2[index] = Convert.ToString((char)num4) + Convert.ToString((char)num);
            object obj7;
            object target = Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetTypeFromProgID("Excel.Application"));
            object obj4 = target.GetType().InvokeMember("Workbooks", BindingFlags.GetProperty, null, target, null);
            object obj3 = obj4.GetType().InvokeMember("Add", BindingFlags.InvokeMethod, null, obj4, null);
            object obj5 = obj3.GetType().InvokeMember("Worksheets", BindingFlags.GetProperty, null, obj3, null);
            object[] args = new object[] { 1 };
            object obj6 = obj5.GetType().InvokeMember("Item", BindingFlags.GetProperty, null, obj5, args);
            if (captions)
                index = 0;
                while (index < datagridview.ColumnCount)
                    args = new object[] { strArray2[index] + "1", Missing.Value };
                    obj7 = obj6.GetType().InvokeMember("Range", BindingFlags.GetProperty, null, obj6, args);
                    args = new object[] { strArray[index] };
                    obj7.GetType().InvokeMember("Value", BindingFlags.SetProperty, null, obj7, args);
            for (num = 0; num < datagridview.RowCount; num++)
                for (index = 0; index < datagridview.ColumnCount; index++)
                    args = new object[] { strArray2[index] + Convert.ToString((int)(num + 2)), Missing.Value };
                    obj7 = obj6.GetType().InvokeMember("Range", BindingFlags.GetProperty, null, obj6, args);
                    args = new object[] { datagridview.Rows[num].Cells[strArray[index]].Value.ToString() };
                    obj7.GetType().InvokeMember("Value", BindingFlags.SetProperty, null, obj7, args);
            args = new object[] { true };
            target.GetType().InvokeMember("Visible", BindingFlags.SetProperty, null, target, args);
            target.GetType().InvokeMember("UserControl", BindingFlags.SetProperty, null, target, args);
        catch (Exception exception)
            MessageBox.Show(("Error: " + exception.Message) + " Line: " + exception.Source, "Error");
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