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Posted 9 Mar 2004

Visual Studio .NET RSS Viewer with XSL

, 9 Mar 2004
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Another macro to show an RSS feed in VS.NET, nicely formatted using the CP colors


RSS feeds are more and more popular and as any site that respects itself, CodeProject also provides a nice RSS feed with information about the latest articles.

As Steven Hicks just noticed in the Lounge CodeProject RSS link is not so easy to notice. If you are a real CPA (CodeProjectAdict) you do want to see "What's new on CP" at any moment. And the best place to see it is of course in you VS.Net environment where you spend most of you time anyway. Plus that you don't have to open a new explorer window just to see if there is anything new on CP.

And if you could also see the latest news in the CodeProject style (colors, fonts) it would be even nicer.

Sample screenshot


Thus, to achive this goal I made a small XSL file to translate the RSS from CP to a nice formated HTML webpage that gets displayed inside VS.Net but a simple mouse click.


The macro is based 99% on the one provided by Davy Mitchell in his article Visual Studio .NET RSS Headline Viewer.

Function GetHTML(ByVal strPage As String) As String

    If strPage.StartsWith("http://") Then
            Dim oReq As System.Net.HttpWebRequest
            Dim oResp As System.Net.HttpWebResponse
            oReq = System.Net.HttpWebRequest.Create(strPage)
            oResp = oReq.GetResponse
            Dim sr As New StreamReader(oResp.GetResponseStream)
            Return sr.ReadToEnd()
            'Do something with your error
        End Try
    Else    ' local file ?
        Dim sr As StreamReader = New StreamReader(strPage)
        Return sr.ReadToEnd()
    End If

End Function

Public Sub RefreshRSS()
        'DESCRIPTION: Grabs headlines and displays them as text.
        Dim RDFText As String
        Dim objTextDoc As TextDocument
        Dim objEP As EditPoint

        'Create a new text document.
        Call DTE.ItemOperations.NewFile("General\Text File")

        'Get a handle to the new document.
        objTextDoc = DTE.ActiveDocument.Object("TextDocument")
        objEP = objTextDoc.StartPoint.CreateEditPoint
        RDFText = GetHTML( & _

        objEP.Insert("<?xml-stylesheet type=""text/xsl"" " & _
              "href=""change.xsl""?>" + vbCrLf)

        RDFText = RDFText.Replace("©", "(c)")



        Dim ItemOp As ItemOperations
        ItemOp = DTE.ItemOperations
        ItemOp.Navigate("file://C:\temp\news.xml", _

    Catch err As System.Exception
    End Try
End Sub


  • Unzip the files to a folder of your choice (C:\temp) for example.
  • Drop this macro in your macro editor, assign the macro to a button and update the paths in the macro with the path where you unziped the files.
  • Click the button :).


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Corneliu Tusnea
Technical Lead OneSaas - Cloud Integrations Made Easy
Australia Australia

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