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how to Import address book contacts

 
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Hi, I have a web application from where i need to import address book contact of yahoo,google, hotmail. how can I do that? Any suggestion? Please reple.
 
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I don't think there's a single way to do it, but most of the services have their own APIs, and some of them provide Java libraries. See:
  • Google Contacts Data API
  • Yahoo! Address Book API
  • Yahoo! Contacts API
  • Windows Live Contacts API
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    Aravind Raaman
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    Hi,
    I came across this website, plaxo.com and linkedln.com in which people can import addressbook. any suggestions?
     
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    Those sites probably use the APIs mentioned by Carey.
     
    Aravind Raaman
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    how can I use those API's?
     
    Ulf Dittmer
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    At the risk of sounding trivial: by reading the documentation and implementing what it says. Or am I misunderstanding your question?
     
    Aravind Raaman
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    i am trying to use plaxo widget, i am having some difficulties. anyways let me try and will come back to you people.

    Thanks
     
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    Just for fun... Created a webapp and tried the mentioned APIs. This is how long it took me to do view my contacts.

    Google Contacts: 29 minutes (included download).
    Windows Live: 44 minutes (had problem with proxy)
    Yahoo: 41 minutes (errata in documentation).

    No, it is not hard at all.
     
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