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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Flickr-ing about with .NET

Everyone who is anyone seems to be messing about with Flickr these days, one of the newest waves of "Web 2.0" Web-based applications. With its now much imitated style, social networking orientated layout, and use of the newest AJAX technologies to provide the user with a truly interactive experience, Flickr sets the bar for the future of applications on the Internet. Also one of the key benchmarks of a "Web 2.0" application (sorry, that’s the last time I'll use that word, honestly) is the public API that has been delivered and can be used by you and me to provide new and interesting ways of displaying and manipulating photos.

Getting Started

The first thing I will mention is that this article is aimed at .NET 2.0, but the Flickr.Net API library works just as well in .NET 1.1, so don't let that stop you. I'm also assuming that you know how to write applications in .NET, either using Visual Studio 2005 or one of the free Visual Studio 2005 Express editions. I will be focusing mainly on Windows Forms applications, but again the Flickr.Net API library can be used just as well for Web applications, including those hosted in a Medium Trust environment (see my Web site for more details on Medium Trust).

I'm also assuming you are familiar with how to use Flickr and have an account there. If not, go GET ONE!

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