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Tutorial: Writing an RSS Reader...

This small tutorial walks you through the steps of writing an RSS Reader application.

RSS stands for 'Real Simple Syndication'. An RSS Reader is an application that polls any number of websites supporting the RSS format and extracts the latest headlines and news stories. It is a great way to stay informed and track information on the web without having to browse webpages every day just to find out if they have changed.

The tutorial uses wxWidgets 2.5, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and the Lit Window Library.


The RSS Reader in this tutorial takes its ideas from the free Rss Reader http://www.rssreader.com

User Requirements


RssReader screenshot

The RSS Reader main window contains three panels:

A user must be able to

To read a news item, a user must be able to

Data Structures

The application has a

Each channel has

Each headline has

Next Steps

  1. RSS Reader Tutorial Step 1: Creating a UI prototype
  2. RSS Reader Tutorial Step 2: Adding data structures, defining data adapters
  3. RSS Reader Tutorial Step 3: Adding RapidUI
  4. RSS Reader Tutorial Step 4: Filling in the rules

If you just want to know what RapidUI looks like, skip steps one and two and read on with step three RSS Reader Tutorial Step 3: Adding RapidUI

Copyright 2004, Hajo Kirchhoff, Lit Window Productions