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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints by Mike Oryszak

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Creating a Weather Web Part

In many organizations a frequent request is to display the current time and weather for one or more locations where the organization operates.

This exercise provides a great example of how to consume web based data to populate the content. For the purpose of this chapter I am going to consume a service provided by The Weather Channel ®. You will need to register as a partner in order to use this service. You can find additional details at http://portal.theweatherchannel.com/.

Approach

The easiest way to use this service is to load the content into the standard XML Web Part. This approach will also work in cloud-based environments such as Office 365. The XML Viewer Web Part is included under the Content Rollup category ...

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