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The Icon Bar: General: UK National Rail Live Info app
  UK National Rail Live Info app
  Hampo (21:29 29/11/2009)
  tlsa (10:21 30/11/2009)
  nunfetishist (13:34 30/11/2009)
    Hampo (20:25 30/11/2009)
  diodesign (21:06 1/12/2009)
Robert Hampton Message #112115, posted by Hampo at 21:29, 29/11/2009
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I've put together an app to extract information on UK train departures and display it in a desktop window.

Still a bit of a work in progress, but I'm putting it up for the interested to have a look at. Really it was written for my own amusement (and give me some practice writing desktop apps in C, as well as using libcurl and libxml2). Main problem is it takes up a wimpslot of about 1.5 megabytes, thanks to being statically linked.

Not tested on anything other than my Iyonix (OS 5.14). Should work on anything running RO4 onwards though.
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Michael Drake Message #112116, posted by tlsa at 10:21, 30/11/2009, in reply to message #112115

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That's nice! It's working here (also Iyonix, RO 5.14). Here's a screenshot.
traininfo.png 744x337 14KB

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Rob Kendrick Message #112117, posted by nunfetishist at 13:34, 30/11/2009, in reply to message #112115
Today's phish is trout a la creme.

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Out of interest, where does the data come from?
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Robert Hampton Message #112121, posted by Hampo at 20:25, 30/11/2009, in reply to message #112117
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The data comes direct from NationalRail.co.uk. My app is loosely based on a Windows Vista sidebar gadget released by NR itself - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/live_departure_boards/gadgets.html - and uses the same interface to obtain the data.

The Vista gadget is written in JScript so it was fairly straightforward to examine the code and work out the data format. It's all done via HTTP, with XML used for the request and reply.

When I get a few minutes I'll write up what I've learned so far.
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Chris Williams Message #112124, posted by diodesign at 21:06, 1/12/2009, in reply to message #112115
The Opposition

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Nice. But no sauce?
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