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I hate to rip people off, but Ben's brilliant idea to create an IM bot for the ColdFusion Live Docs got me to thinking; "Wouldn't this be great for the .NET Framework Class Libraries?"  So, sitting here late on a Saturday night, I decided to have some fun ...

I created a Windows Service that utlizes the DotMSN library (which is easy to use, and overall badass) to respond to messages from MSN Messenger sent to dotnetreference@hotmail.com.  The message content will be used to search a list of classes, interfaces, etc. in the .NET Framework Class Libraries.  If a match is found, the name, brief description of the class and a link will be returned to the user.

 

I've got the service up and running on a machine in my home lab.  Give it a go if you like - simply add dotnetreference@hotmail.com to your Contact List and fire away.  Please note that I've only collected content for the System namespace

Also, my home lab is not too sophisticated, so this service may drop at anytime.  Enjoy!

UPDATE:

The bot will also respond to namespaces (although System is the only namespace currenlty cataloged.)  Just send the name of the name space (e.g. System) for a truncated list of classes, etc. contained therein.

Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2005 7:52 AM ASP.NET , C# , Technology | Back to top


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I have added de contact to messenger but apears always offline :(... but de idea it´s nice... But the service could allow people to add their own urls.
Left by Pedro Rainho on Sep 04, 2005 9:01 AM

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That's cool. But right now, it is appearing offline!
Left by Balaji K on Sep 04, 2005 12:45 PM

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You will provide the source code for this application??
Left by Paulo Aboim Pinto on Sep 05, 2005 2:14 AM

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Great Service ... looking ahead to hear more on this..
Left by Guru on Sep 05, 2005 6:18 AM

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Great service!!!
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<br>Looking for some brilliant ideas'.
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<br>Best Regards,
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<br>Prashanth
Left by Prashanth (DeveloperWiz) on Sep 05, 2005 12:08 PM

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Great idea
Left by Enrique on Sep 05, 2005 12:45 PM

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Brilliant!
<br>Are you planning to publish the code?
Left by DarkSide programming on Sep 05, 2005 6:28 PM

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Fantastic! This is one of the most original ideas and applications i have seen it a while.
<br>It gets the brain thinking for other clever applications of MSN Messenger...
Left by Clinton Cherry on Sep 06, 2005 1:15 AM

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This is pretty neat idea. Now, where else can this be used?
Left by David Yardy on Sep 06, 2005 1:27 PM

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Damn, nice stuff, don't know how I missed this. I guess I've been day dreaming too long.
Left by Demian on Sep 14, 2005 12:10 PM

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Any plans to release the source code of the service and bot integration?
Left by Prime on Sep 20, 2005 3:51 PM

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I am using old 1.1 library.How can i catch event when someone adds my Bot email Id on his msn?I tried contacted added but didnt work
Left by Adnan on Sep 14, 2006 1:00 PM

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i think the comments on this web should talk about if you have robots on your msn and add them.
Left by Gregor on Nov 18, 2006 8:46 PM

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i have a robot, gamesrobot@botmetro.net,
do you have any?
Please give them to itsgregor@passport.com on msn.
add that email!
Left by Gregor on Nov 18, 2006 8:47 PM

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i have tuns of robots,
add my email wich is my comment that has my msn email.
Left by Gregor on Nov 18, 2006 8:54 PM

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help!!!!!!!!!!1 nedd heaps and heaps of robots got 2 just 2 plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz im over seas and all my friends are in australia and wen i go on there not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

citcat
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