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Google Search API with Silverlight and System.Json

There are many ways to handle JSON in .NET, this approach uses a weakly-typed approach, which makes the parsing more flexible to schema changes.  I wanted to try the Microsoft approach and use System.JSON – This is all from a .NET 4 environment in Silverlight, with a non-blocking behaviour.

So, from the highest level, this is how I wanted the method to act. – from MainPage.xaml.cs

public MainPage()
GoogleSearch.DoSearch(“Hello”, Callback);

private void Callback(List<GoogleSearchResult> googleSearchResults)
// to-do

So, in a separate class, I defined a GoogleSearchResult as follows:

public class GoogleSearchResult
public string Title;
public Uri Url;

Then, to make a HTTP call to the Google custom search API as follows:

public static void DoSearch(string query, Action<List<GoogleSearchResult>> callback)
var strUrl = “https://www.googleapis.com/customsearch/v1?&#8221;;
strUrl += “q=” + query;
strUrl += “&cx=…”;
strUrl += “&key=…..”;
var wc = new WebClient();
wc.DownloadStringAsync(new Uri(strUrl), callback);
wc.DownloadStringCompleted += DownloadStringCompleted;

Then defining the DownloadStringCompleted method as follows:

static void DownloadStringCompleted(object sender, DownloadStringCompletedEventArgs e)
var callback = (Action<List<GoogleSearchResult>>) e.UserState;
var json = JsonValue.Parse(e.Result);
if (json == null || (json[“items”] as JsonArray) == null)
var lResults = json[“items”].Cast<JsonObject>().Select(jo =>
new GoogleSearchResult
Title = jo[“title”],
Url = new Uri(jo[“link”])

Notice how the callback function is passed through in the UserState (same as userToken)

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