Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom


book cover
Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom
By Ben Hammersley
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Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: April 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00881-3
Pages: 272
 

Table of Contents  | Index  | Errata
overview
Perhaps the most explosive technological trend over the past two years has been blogging. As a matter of fact, it's been reported that the number of blogs during that time has grown from 100,000 to 4.8 million-with no end to this growth in sight. What's the technology that makes blogging tick? The answer is RSS--a format that allows bloggers to offer XML-based feeds of their content. It's also the same technology that's incorporated into the websites of media outlets so they can offer material (headlines, links, articles, etc.) syndicated by other sites. As the main technology behind this rapidly growing field of content syndication, RSS is constantly evolving to keep pace with worldwide demand. That's where Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom steps in. It provides bloggers, web developers, and programmers with a thorough explanation of syndication in general and the most popular technologies used to develop feeds. This book not only highlights all the new features of RSS 2.0-the most recent RSS specification-but also offers complete coverage of its close second in the XML-feed arena, Atom. The book has been exhaustively revised to explain: metadata interpretation the different forms of content syndication the increasing use of web services how to use popular RSS news aggregators on the market After an introduction that examines Internet content syndication in general (its purpose, limitations, and traditions), this step-by-step guide tackles various RSS and Atom vocabularies, as well as techniques for applying syndication to problems beyond news feeds. Most importantly, it gives you a firm handle on how to create your own feeds, and consume or combine other feeds. If you're interested in producing your own content feed, Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom is the one book you'll want in hand.


book cover
Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom
By Ben Hammersley
...............................................
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: April 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00881-3
Pages: 272
 



Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   Preface
      Audience
      Assumptions This Book Makes
      How This Book Is Organized
      Conventions Used in This Book
      Using Code Examples
      Safari Enabled
      Comments and Questions
      Acknowledgments
        Chapter 1.  Introduction
      Section 1.1.  What Are RSS and Atom for?
      Section 1.2.  A Short History of RSS and Atom
      Section 1.3.  Why Syndicate Your Content?
      Section 1.4.  Legal Implications
        Chapter 2.  Using Feeds
      Section 2.1.  Web-Based Applications
      Section 2.2.  Desktop Applications
      Section 2.3.  Other Cunning Techniques
      Section 2.4.  Finding Feeds to Read
        Chapter 3.  Feeds Without Programming
      Section 3.1.  From Email
      Section 3.2.  From a Search Engine
      Section 3.3.  From Online Stores
        Chapter 4.  RSS 2.0
      Section 4.1.  Bringing Things Up to Date
      Section 4.2.  The Basic Structure
      Section 4.3.  Producing RSS 2.0 with Blogging Tools
      Section 4.4.  Introducing Modules
      Section 4.5.  Creating RSS 2.0 Feeds
        Chapter 5.  RSS 1.0
      Section 5.1.  Metadata in RSS 2.0
      Section 5.2.  Resource Description Framework
      Section 5.3.  RDF in XML
      Section 5.4.  Introducing RSS 1.0
      Section 5.5.  The Specification in Detail
      Section 5.6.  Creating RSS 1.0 Feeds
        Chapter 6.  RSS 1.0 Modules
      Section 6.1.  Module Status
      Section 6.2.  Support for Modules in Common Applications
      Section 6.3.  Other RSS 1.0 Modules
        Chapter 7.  The Atom Syndication Format
      Section 7.1.  Introducing Atom
      Section 7.2.  The Atom Entry Document in Detail
      Section 7.3.  Producing Atom Feeds
        Chapter 8.  Parsing and Using Feeds
      Section 8.1.  Important Issues
      Section 8.2.  JavaScript Display Parsers
      Section 8.3.  Parsing for Programming
      Section 8.4.  Using Regular Expressions
      Section 8.5.  Using XSLT
      Section 8.6.  Client-Side Inclusion
      Section 8.7.  Server-Side Inclusion
        Chapter 9.  Feeds in the Wild
      Section 9.1.  Once You Have Created Your Simple RSS Feed
      Section 9.2.  Publish and Subscribe
      Section 9.3.  Rolling Your Own: LinkPimp PubSub
      Section 9.4.  LinkpimpClient.pl
        Chapter 10.  Unconventional Feeds
      Section 10.1.  Apache Logfiles
      Section 10.2.  Code TODOs to RSS
      Section 10.3.  Daily Doonesbury
      Section 10.4.  Amazon.com Wishlist to RSS
      Section 10.5.  FedEx Parcel Tracker
      Section 10.6.  Google to RSS with SOAP
      Section 10.7.  Last-Modified Files
      Section 10.8.  Installed Perl Modules
      Section 10.9.  The W3C Validator to RSS
      Section 10.10.  Game Statistics to Excel
      Section 10.11.  Feeds by SMS
      Section 10.12.  Podcasting Weather Forecasts
      Section 10.13.  Having Amazon Produce Its Own RSS Feeds
      Section 10.14.  Cross-Poster for Movable Type
        Chapter 11.  Developing New Modules
      Section 11.1.  Namespaces and Modules Within RSS 2.0 and Atom
      Section 11.2.  Case Study: mod_Book
      Section 11.3.  Extending Your Desktop Reader
      Section 11.4.  Introducing AmphetaDesk
        Appendix A.  The XML You Need for RSS
      Section A.1.  What Is XML?
      Section A.2.  Anatomy of an XML Document
      Section A.3.  Tools for Processing XML
        Appendix B.  Useful Sites and Software
      Section B.1.  Uber Resources
      Section B.2.  Specification Documents
      Section B.3.  Mailing Lists
      Section B.4.  Validators
      Section B.5.  Desktop Readers
   Colophon
   Index