Custom RSS feeds for BUILD 2011 videos

September 17, 2011 11:26 am

Now that //build/ is over, lots of people want to download the sessions they missed because there was an ocean of stuff being presented and you couldn’t possibly catch it all live.

One way to do this is to use a PowerShell script (I found one here).

Here’s the script code in case you don’t want to follow the link:

cd "C:\build11"
[Environment]::CurrentDirectory=(Get-Location -PSProvider FileSystem).ProviderPath
$a = ([xml](new-object net.webclient).downloadstring("http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/RSS/wmvhigh"))
$a.rss.channel.item | foreach{
    $url = New-Object System.Uri($_.enclosure.url)
    $file = $url.Segments[-1]
    $file
    if (!(test-path $file))
    {
        (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile($url, $file)
    }
}

One problem with this might be that you don’t want all videos. So you’d have to filter the RSS feed that the script pulls down. There’s no documentation on how to do that, but a little experimentation shows that you can do this:

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/RSS/wmvhigh?t=.net%2Bframework

The available filters (for the t parameter) are:

.NET%2BFramework

Access%2BControl

Applications

ASP.NET

Assessment%2Band%2BDeployment Kit

Async

C#

C++

Certification

Charms

Cloud

Compliance

Continuous%2BAvailability

Data

Database

Debugging

DirectX

Drivers

Elasticity

Expression%2BBlend

Files

Games

Graphics

HTML5%2Band%2BJavaScript

Hyper-V

IHV

Keynote

Manageability

Media

Metro%2Bstyle%2Bapps

Metro%2Bstyle%2Bdevice%2Bapps

Networking

Odata

OEM

Parallel%2BComputing

Performance

Power

Pre-Recorded

Printing

Remote%2BDesktop

REST

Roaming

Scalability

Security

Sensors

Silicon

SQL

Storage

Touch

UI

Platform

User%2BExperience

Virtualization

Visual%2BBasic

Visual%2BStudio

WCF

Web

Windows%2BAzure

Windows%2BPhone

Windows%2BRuntime

Windows%2BStore

Wireless

Workflow

XAML

If you’re just interested in the slides, use a query like this:

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/RSS/slides?t=.net%2Bframework

In general, the query can be constructed like this:

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/RSS/
[type]?t=[tag]&term=[free text]

Where [type] can be one of: wmv, wmvhigh, mp4, slides

You can add multiple t arguments.

So if you’re interested in slides related to “client” topics, this might be your query:

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/RSS/slides?t=async&t=charms&t=expression%2Bblend&t=files&t=games&t=metro%2Bstyle%2Bapps&t=metro%2Bstyle%2Bdevice%2Bapps&t=touch&t=ui%2Bplatform&t=user%2Bexperience&t=windows%2Bphone&t=windows%2Bruntime&t=windows%2Bstore&t=xaml

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