17 05/05

Backpack Command Line Tools

I’ve been using Backpack quite a bit for the past two weeks. Buying a house (see Jessie’s blog),
planning for moving, and starting to plan a wedding gives us quite a
few lists of things to do an things to keep track of. The list of
Todo items and Journal entries I keep at work is all controlled by an AutoHotKey
script I wrote. I wanted to to similar things with
Backpack. But, the first thing I needed was some command-line
Backpack tools.

So, with the release of today’s Backpack API, I whipped some up two quick tools in .NET.
Nothing really great, just the abilty to add to lists and list all
things in a list from the command line. You’ll need the .NET
Framework installed to use these files. I wrote them for myself
so there’s not much error checking, but someone else might find it

First, you’ll need to edit backpack.xml. Replace “username”
with your username and “token” with your token found on your account
page. Once you do that, keep the xml file in the same directory
as the exe’s and you can run the following commands:

bpadd.exe pageid “The text you want to add”
Example: bpadd.exe 3645 “Pick up some milk at the store.”

bplist.exe pageid
Example: bplist.exe 3645

That’s about it. I’ll probably be adding more of the functions
at I need them, but it gave me the ability to quickly add something
using AutoHotKey or Slickrun.