Portable scrobbling solution in plain c
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ScrobSub ======== A cross-platform plain-c library that allows you to submit scrobbles to Last.fm using the official Audioscrobbler application, or if that isn't installed, independently. The license is BSD, so use it in commercial or open source software as you see fit. Max Howell <firstname.lastname@example.org> Usage ===== This does not compile to a dynamic library. You need to compile it into your application. Indeed, (on Linux) this is duplication, but it's a very small amount of code, and we provide many options for which libraries it uses. scrosub.c does the actual scrobbling, however it depends on a number of platform specific scrobsub_* functions. If you like you can write your own (if perhaps you'd contribute them to the project?), however we provide default implementations for all major platforms: Linux ----- gcc -std=c99 scrobsub.c auth-libxml2 http-curl md5.c relay.c -lcrypto -lxml2 -lcurl OS X ---- Tiger and above are shipped with all the required libraries from the Linux example so you can use those. This is preferable if you don't run a Cocoa event loop. If you do though, we provide a Cocoa implementation: gcc scrobsub.c scrobsub.m md5.c relay.c -FCocoa Windows ------- cl /TP scrobsub.c scrobsub-winsock.c md5.c relay.c Note that scrobsub.c is C99, and Visual Studio still isn't compliant, so you need to compile with the /TP switch; this compiles the files as though they are C++. You can still link to the C-runtime though. All platforms ------------- You need to define a number of preprocessor constants: SCROBSUB_CLIENT_VERSION SCROBSUB_CLIENT_ID SCROBSUB_API_KEY SCROBSUB_SHARED_SECRET What these represent should be apparent after reading: http://last.fm/api Relay only ---------- If you have already built a scrobbling solution and want to stick with it then you may consider only compiling in the relay code. At program start call scrobsub_launch_audioscrobbler(), if that function returns false use your own code otherwise use the scrobsub_relay functions. The rationale for this is that if the user has installed the official client then they probably would like you to use it. Practical concerns ================== The library is synchronous. If you don't want to block the thread that calls them, you will need to call these functions in a separate thread. Or you can rely on the user installing the official Last.fm Audioscrobbler application: #define SCROBSUB_ALWAYS_RELAY 1 Development Notes ================= Efficiency in memory consumption was prioritised because we want to be as little a burden to other software as possible. As a result the code is quite unreadable. Sorry about that.