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DeviantArtFs

A .NET / F# library to interact with the DeviantArt / Sta.sh API.

If you're using this library in a .NET Framework project and it doesn't run, make sure that the dependencies (FSharp.Core, FSharp.Json, FSharp.Control.AsyncSeq) are installed via NuGet.

Notes

Each request that can be made to DeviantArt is represented by a module somewhere in the DeviantArtFs.Requests namespace. These modules have static methods that take an IDeviantArtAccessToken (see "Authentication" below) and usually at least one other parameter.

In most cases, these static methods exist in pairs - one method will use F# async and use F# features such as records and option types, while the other will return a Task and use interfaces and null values for interoperability with C# and VB.NET.

Pagination

Some of the DeviantArt endpoints support pagination. For endpoints that use offset-based pagination, the AsyncExecute and ExecuteAsync methods take a parameter of the type IDeviantArtPagingParams:

public interface IDeviantArtPagingParams
{
    int Offset { get; }
    int? Limit { get; }
}

(The type DeviantArtPagingParams implements this interface.)

To request the maximum page size for a particular request, use int.MaxValue as the Limit property. (The limits for each request are hardcoded into DeviantArtFs, so it will never request more data than DeviantArt allows.)

Methods that use cursor-based pagination will take a string or string option parameter instead.

Modules for endpoints that support pagination also have ToAsyncSeq and ToArrayAsync methods, which can be used to fetch an arbitary amount of data as needed. (Keep in mind that some of the endpoints, like /browse/newest, might return a theoretically unlimited amount of data!)

Partial updates

Stash.Update and User.ProfileUpdate allow you to choose which fields to update on the object. DeviantArtFs uses a discriminated union (DeviantArtFieldChange<T>) to represent these updates:

new DeviantArtFs.Requests.Stash.UpdateRequest(4567890123456789L) {
    Title = DeviantArtFieldChange<string>.NewUpdateToValue("new title"),
    Description = DeviantArtFieldChange<string>.NoChange
}

Note that DeviantArt allows a null value for some fields, but not others.

Currently unsupported features

  • The following fields in the deviation object are not supported:
    • challenge
    • challenge_entry
    • motion_book
  • The profile_pic field in the user.profile expansion is not supported due to circular type definitions. Get it from the full profile object instead.

Usage

Example (C#):

int offset = 0;
while (true) {
    var req = new DeviantArtFs.Requests.Gallery.GalleryAllViewRequest();
    var paging = new DeviantArtPagingParams {
        Offset = offset,
        Limit = 24
    };
    IBclDeviantArtPagedResult<IBclDeviation> resp =
        await DeviantArtFs.Requests.Gallery.GalleryAllView.ExecuteAsync(token, paging, req);
    foreach (var d in resp.Results) {
        Console.WriteLine($"{d.Author.Username}: ${d.Title}");
    }
    offset = resp.NextOffset ?? 0;
    if (!resp.HasMore) break;
}

Example (F#):

let mutable offset = 0
let mutable more = true
while more do
    let req = new DeviantArtFs.Requests.Gallery.GalleryAllViewRequest()
    let paging = new DeviantArtPagingParams(Offset = 0, Limit = Nullable 24)
    let! (resp: DeviantArtPagedResult<Deviation>) = DeviantArtFs.Requests.Gallery.GalleryAllView.AsyncExecute token paging req
    for d in resp.Results do
        printf "%s: %s" d.author.username d.title
    offset <- resp.next_offset |> Option.defaultValue 0
    more <- resp.has_more

See ENDPOINTS.md for more information.

Common parameters

Several endpoints support common object expansion (e.g. user.details, user.geo) and/or mature content filtering. To use these features of the DeviantArt API, wrap the token using DeviantArtCommonParameters.Wrap. For example:

var commonParameters = new DeviantArtCommonParameters {
    Expand = DeviantArtObjectExpansion.UserDetails | DeviantArtObjectExpansion.UserGeo,
    MatureContent = true
};
var new_token = commonParameters.WrapToken(token);
var me = await Requests.User.Whoami.ExecuteAsync(new_token);

Examples

The Examples folder in the source code repository contains small applications that use DeviantArtFs:

  • RecentSubmissions.CSharp: A C# console application that shows the most recent submission, journal, and status for a user, along with any favorites or comments. (WinForms is needed for the login window, however.) Uses the Implicit grant and stores tokens in a file.
  • RecentSubmissions.FSharp: As above, but in F#, to demonstrate how DeviantArtFs has both F#-style and .NET-style functions and types.
  • GalleryViewer: A VB.NET app that lets you see the "All" view of someone's gallery and read the descriptions of individual submissions. Uses the Client Credentials grant and stores tokens in a file.
  • WebApp: An ASP.NET Core 2.1 app written in C# that lets you view someone's gallery folders and corresponding submission thumbnails. Uses the Client Credentials grant and stores tokens in a database.

Authentication

See also: https://www.deviantart.com/developers/authentication

Both Authorization Code (recommended) and Implicit grant types are supported. If you are writing a Windows desktop application, you can use the forms in the DeviantArtFs.WinForms package to get a code or token from the user using either grant type.

The DeviantArtAuth class provides methods to support the Authorization Code grant type (getting tokens from an authorization code and refreshing tokens).

If you need to store the access token somewhere (such as in a database or file), create your own class that implements the IDeviantArtAccessToken or IDeviantArtRefreshToken interface.