Appendix B. Useful Sites and Software


Appendix B. Useful Sites and Software

Since feeds are technologies born of the Web, it isn't a surprise that a great deal of good information can be gleaned with your browser. This appendix will give you links to some excellent resources, including client software.


    B.1. Uber Resources

    Because of the rapidly changing RSS and Atom landscape, it's hard to provide links that will remain useful over the lifetime of the rest of the book. For the very latest, you should look at (and subscribe to) the following categories within Del.icio.us. I regularly update these categories myself, and they're always on the cutting edge notwithstanding.


    http://del.icio.us/tag/rss

    Del.icio.us RSS


    http://del.icio.us/tag/atom

    Del.icio.us Atom


    http://del.icio.us/tag/atom

    Del.icio.us Syndication


      B.2. Specification Documents


      http://web.resource.org/rss/1.0

      The RSS 1.0 specification


      http://backend.userland.com/rss

      The RSS 2.0 specification


      http://www.intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/FrontPage

      The Atom development wiki


      http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-atompub-format-03.txt

      The Atom 0.3 specification


      http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules

      The RSS 1.0 modules known to the working group


        B.3. Mailing Lists


        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rss-dev

        rss-dev: the RSS 1.0 Interest Group list


        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/syndication

        Syndication: a general list for RSS matters


        http://www.imc.org/atom-syntax/

        The Atom syntax mailing list


        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/syndic8

        Syndic8: a list for Syndic8 support matters


        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RSS2-Support

        RSS2 Support: support for RSS 2.0 matters


        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aggregators/

        Aggregators: a list for discussion of aggregator software


          B.4. Validators

          Online validators can check to ensure your feeds are correctly formed:


          http://feedvalidator.org/

          The most up-to-date validator, for both Atom and RSS


          http://www.ldodds.com/rss_validator/1.0/validator.html

          Leigh Dodd's experimental RSS 1.0 validator


          http://aggregator.userland.com/validator

          Userland Software's RSS validator


          http://www.w3.org/RDF/Validator

          The W3C's RDF validator


            B.5. Desktop Readers


            http://bitworking.org/Aggie.html

            Aggie: a .NET-based application for reading RSS files. Open source, for Windows and Linux-with-Mono.


            http://www.disobey.com/amphetadesk

            AmphetaDesk: a Perl-based desktop reader that runs in the browser. Windows, Linux, and Mac OS versions available.


            http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/BottomFeeder

            BottomFeeder: a Smalltalk desktop RSS Reader. Open source, runs on Windows, Mac, and various Unix flavors.


            http://www.headlineviewer.com

            Carmen's Headline Viewer: a shareware news reader client for Windows.


            http://www.feedreader.com

            FeedReader: a freeware application for Windows.


            http://www.fetchserver.com

            Fetch: an "Enterprise RSS" client and server system, for internal corporate messaging and information flow.


            http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze3szvh/friday

            Friday: a Java frontend for viewing news aggregation sites and site syndication feeds on mobile devices.


            http://fyuze.com

            fyuze: acts as a personal news portal for searching, sorting, and sifting daily news from RSS feeds.


            http://www.johnmunsch.com/projects/HotSheet

            Hotsheet: a Java-based desktop news reader. Works on Windows, Mac, Linux, and anything else with a Java Virtual Machine.


            http://www.blueelephantsoftware.com

            InfoSnorkel News Aggregator: a Windows application that aggregates RSS feeds, plus content from sites without feeds.


            http://www.jayeckles.com/news

            JERSS: allows seamless integration of RSS news feeds into web sites. It is a Java servlet generating JavaScript objects the web author can manipulate.


            http://www.serence.com/site.php?page=prod_klipfolio

            Klipfolio: a Windows-based desktop news reader. Reads simple XML files that point to RSS feeds.


            http://www.mulle-kybernetik.com/software/MulleNewz

            MulleNewz: a Mac OS X docking RSS reader.


            http://www.jmagar.com

            MyHeadlines: a content syndication search engine and news reader that can be integrated into a web site running PHP and MySQL.


            http://radio.weblogs.com/0100875/outlines/myRadio

            myRadio: an extension to Radio Userland aggregation from RSS to any data source, including XML, HTML, and SOAP.


            http://ranchero.com/software/netnewswire

            NetNewsWire: an OS X desktop RSS reader. My personal favorite.


            http://www.newsisfree.com

            NewsIsFree: a directory of feeds that also allows for personalized news pages.


            http://www.proggle.com/novobot

            Novobot: a heavily featured desktop news reader that can also scrape non-RSS'd sites.


            http://www.postal-code.com/pineapple.php

            Pineapple: a web site news aggregator for Mac OS X.


            http://www.furrygoat.com/Misc/Software.html

            PocketFeed: an RSS/RDF news aggregator that runs on Pocket PC 2002 PDAs.


            http://radio.userland.com

            Radio Userland: a news aggregator included with a weblog software application for Mac and Windows platforms.


            http://40hz.org/Raissa

            Raissa: a headline and news reader for Newton MessagePad.


            http://reptile.openprivacy.org

            Reptile: a P2P project, with RSS reading.


            http://sourceforge.net/projects/rssview

            RSS Viewer: a Java-based, open source RSS reader.


            http://homepage.mac.com/stas/slashdock.html

            Slashdock: a simple Mac OS X application that fetches and updates headlines for the latest postings on Slashdot-compatible sites and RSS-compatible sites.


            http://www.nongnu.org/straw

            Straw: a desktop news aggregator for the GNOME environment, with project information, news, and downloads.


            http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox

            Tinderbox: a Mac OS feed reader.