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Here are the steps you can take to use RssDataSource in your page or user control:
  • Add the RssDataSource and RssHyperLink to the Toolbox in Visual Studio (once). AddToToolbox.png
  • In your Web form, drop the RssDataSource.
  • Click the control and “Configure Data Source” ConfigureDataSource.png
  • Enter the feed URL. [source code note: The RssDataSourceConfigForm.cs is what is being displayed]
    • You can provide RSS/Atom/RDF or OPML feed URL and RssDataSource will automatically identify the feed type and provide data-binding capability.
    • Here an ATOM feed URL is being used: EnterUrl.png
  • You can then bind a control like GridView to this DataSource. ConfigureGridView.png
  • Next, using the Edit Columns... dialog you can select the columns to be displayed. EditColumns.png
  • In the page markup, you can change the number of items that should be returned from the DataSource
<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Default2.aspx.cs" Inherits="Default2" %>
<%@ Register Assembly="RssToolkit" Namespace="RssToolkit.Web.WebControls" TagPrefix="ast" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>Consuming Google News using RssToolkit</title>
    Google News (Atom Format)
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
       <ast:RssDataSource id="RssDataSource1" runat="server" maxitems="5" url=""></ast:RssDataSource>
       <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataSourceID="RssDataSource1">
             <asp:HyperLinkField DataNavigateUrlFields="link" DataTextField="link" HeaderText="Link"/>
             <asp:BoundField DataField="title" HeaderText="Title" SortExpression="title" />
  • Run the page and enjoy the view GoogleNewsGridViewInBrowser.png

Last edited Jun 16, 2007 at 12:21 AM by IDisposable, version 3


accumed Mar 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM 
Had lots of trouble with this. To add to the toolbox, "tools" / "choose toolbox items" then browse to dll. Had trouble with add assembly System.Web.Extensions, files in App_code, and System.Net.Sockets.SocketException. Not worth fooling around with further without more help.

gminhas Jul 10, 2009 at 4:48 AM 
How to handle if feed gives error