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FreakyJ

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    Or is it just study code and hack?
    I guess exactly this :) There doesn't seem to be any docs. I would just take a look at other plugins.

    The onlineVideos FAQ says:
    • The playback urls are hidden very good and need some tricky logic or the site offers an open API you can base your site on -> you'll have to create a new siteutil in C# (look at the code there are enough utils to use as sample)
    So sorry for that...
     

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    I guess (this is what I do) get as far as you reasonably/comfortably can with regexes and override the problematic methods in your siteutil class (derived from GenericSite).
    As I have now posted in this thread, I will get informed too of new questions, and I'll be able to help out too.

    And most importantly: Welcome to the club!

    When you're ready and content with your util, you can publish it (after some formalities) so the whole world can benefit from your work
     

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    Hi I've got a few examples of using it in my TMDB check out my utility and see if it helps. It's under davidcalder.sites


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    ok, I am finally able to devote the time needed to get this done. As there is no real documentation, I will try to keep concise notes and contribute them back. The first thing I notice is there are 4 projects in the root of onlinevideos: onlinevideos.MediaPortal1 and 2, those are obvious. There is also Standalone and WebService. Just curious what those 2 are for? Also next step is creating my own so here are the immediate questions:
    1. Steps to create a new project?
      1. copy an existing project and edit the xml in the .sln file?
      2. File->New in visual studio? If so what are the settings needed to get started?
    2. Steps to debug in the debugger?
      1. Do I need to build mp from source to be able to debug in the debugger?
    3. In building the onlinevideos.mediaportal1 project, I get 212 errors, almost all are related to Http* (Http does not exist in namespace System.Net, HttpRequestMessage, HttpClient...). This could be a missing dependency, or target .net version (or something else that I am not immediately considering). However I would have imagined that the project build file (or solution in M$ speak) would have all the needed settings.
    Peter
     

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    You just have to create a class project, add the references and deferred class of (I think site utility) you don't even need to build online videos project . For debugging I just set my site utility to start an external program "mediaportal.exe" and build only my site project


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    Project needs to be built against .net 3 I think from memory make sure your project is the same.


    *standalone is a Windows application independent of Mediaportal.


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    ok, very good. Now I am off to the races :). Next batch of questions. My site is quite simple and everything comes in as JSON. The basic layout is:
    <list of categories>
    [static buton: "Language"]​
    The list of categories will expand either to a list of videos, or another list of categories. The current layout has the list of categories potentially 3 layers deep, some are 1 some are 2 and some are 3, before you get a list of videos. (For now I will just hard code a few entries to test with)
    The language button will show a list of languages and should save that as a preference

    if it is easier I can make language the first category and not keep it as a setting.

    So lets start with the categories and videos. I assume Initialize() is the first function called, after that, what functions are called next and in what order?
     

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    If you have a site.xml set up your first point of call would be discoverDynamicCategories. I am unfamiliar how to fully create a site in c# only.


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    If language should be a saveable option, then perhaps it's better to treat it that way:
    add
    Code:
    [Category("OnlineVideosUserConfiguration"), Description("The language")] 
    string language = null;
    to the beginning of the class (see f.e. eurosport) so that automatically creates an entry for that site in the onlinevideosconfiguration .

    Fisrt one to override is indeed the discoverdynamiccategories
    there you can load the root-json and start adding subcategories, and if present subsubcategories etc for as long as you have the info present in the root-json.
    Extra properties you want to set for the categories: hassubcategories=true, subcategories and subcategoriesdiscoverd
    And for the subcategories: parent, hassubcategories, subcategoriesdiscovered.

    If the videos are also present in the root-json then I'd mostly set the property Other of that subcategory to the List<VideoInfo> that you have to parse out of the json-node and override getvideos to check if the other is of type List<VideoInfo> and if so just return that.
    Another way to do this is to assign the json node to Other, and parse that node in getvideourl.

    Note: this is all typed without syntaxchecking, so there may be one or two typos...

    Anyway, if you have something (partly) working than I'm more than happy to take a peek at it, see if you've missed something.

    For debugging I usually use a very simple console application with creates a SiteUtil (f.e. site=new EuroSportUtil() and calls some methods. thats the fastest way for me to get things done. (Mostly I don't have the patience to wait for mediaportal to start...)
     

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    do I need to put anything in OnlineVideoSites.xml, or is that just so I dont have to hard code site parsing information into the code?
     

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