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.NET UPS XML Tracking Interface DLL

, 20 Jan 2005
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A .NET DLL and sample application that interfaces with UPS's XML API to retrieve tracking information. You can also use it to generate an RSS feed..

The latest version along with additional information will always be available at Tracking/Shipper Interface.

Shipper Interface Screenshot

Note: The above information is not valid, it is only for display purposes. You will need to get your own information to use it. Please see below:

Introduction

This application demonstrates the .NET DLL that can be used to interface with the UPS API. Right now, UPS is the only supported shipper, and only tracking information is supported. The only viable alternatives are to write your own, or use an expensive commercial version.

Using the code

There are two main components to this demo. There is a DLL that is used to interface with the UPS system, and there is a sample application that demonstrates its use.

To use the interfacing DLL, you will need to get a developer account with UPS. To request tracking information, you will need the following:

  • Username
  • Password
  • License Number

The following code is used to retrieve a DataTable of tracking steps:

AccessRequest ar;
TrackingRequest tr;
TrackingResponse trackResponse;

tr = new 
  YTech.ShipperInterface.UPS.Tracking.TrackingRequest(txtTrackingNumber.Text, "1");
ar = new AccessRequest(txtLicenseNumber.Text, txtUserName.Text, txtPassword.Text);

trackResponse = tr.MakeRequest(ar);
dgTrackingInfo.DataSource = trackResponse.GetTrackingInfo();

Uses

There are many valuable ways to use this interface. If you have an eCommerce website, you can use it to provide tracking information right from your website.

Another excellent way to get your tracking information is through an RSS feed. Instead of checking for tracking updates, you can use your favorite RSS reader to notify you when your package status has changed. For more information, check out my page about UPS Tracking With RSS.

Related Links

  • This component inspired Yakov Shafranovich to write a utility that uses XSLT to transform the XML from UPS directly into RSS. If you want an RSS feed directly, I recommend checking it out. I have more information posted on my blog.

History

  • 1/19/2004 - First version released.

License

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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralDoesn't work PinmemberFigmo29-Jan-08 3:29 
Didn't work for me either. Seems it doesn't work for anybody. I looked at the code and the serialize method for the authorize message does this:
 
return "";
 
I suspect this is why no matter what key you provide - you get no results. It never sends any login information.
 
I've never done any XML programming (hence - why I was looking for something like this in the first place). I guess I could try to pick through the source code and try to make it work - and I normally don't mind doing this. Picking through working code is a great way to learn something new. But I don't trust this guy's code. I'd hate to spend a couple of days trying to crawl into this guy's head - only to realize at the end that he knows less about this stuff than I do (been there, done that, too many times)
 
I think CodeProject should remove this post. I don't see how it contributes anything. Am I wrong on this? Has ANYBODY gotten this thing to work?
GeneralRe: Doesn't work Pinmemberkenh1-Jul-08 11:01 
AnswerRe: Doesn't work PinmemberNuwan Niroshana17-Nov-08 0:10 
QuestionDevelopers License PinmemberMidnightRider31122-Apr-07 19:39 
AnswerRe: Developers License Pinmemberdddon12324-May-07 18:53 
GeneralEmpty Serialize() in AccessRequest Pinmembershobalk19-Feb-07 13:45 
GeneralRe: Empty Serialize() in AccessRequest PinmemberSuperJason2k14-Mar-07 16:09 
GeneralWorks great ! [modified] Pinmemberdapoussin20-Jun-06 2:20 
GeneralRe: Works great ! Pinmemberdddon12324-May-07 18:52 
Generalxml header error Pinmemberjohnxt13-Jan-06 18:01 
GeneralRe: xml header error PinmemberSuperJason2k14-Jan-06 3:28 

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