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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · July
· · · · 27 (1 entry)

Atomic RSS · Sup­pose you’re gen­er­at­ing an RSS feed, or you’re think­ing about gen­er­at­ing an RSS feed, and you’re won­der­ing how Atom fits in­to the pic­ture. The fu­ture of tech­nol­o­gy is hard to pre­dic­t, but there’s a good way to hedge your bet­s. You can gen­er­ate an RSS feed and, by fol­low­ing a few sim­ple rules, be re­al­ly sure that there’s a 100%-equivalent Atom 1.0 feed, so that if you’re gen­er­at­ing both, they’ll be in sync, and if you need to switch back and forth, it’s just a mat­ter of chang­ing a few strings. Let’s call this future-proofed fla­vor “Atomic RSS”. It turns out that us­ing Atom­ic RSS is a Good Thing any­how, be­cause it will help soft­ware in gen­er­al and news ag­gre­ga­tors in par­tic­u­lar pro­duce bet­ter re­sult­s. [Ed. note: This is a first cut, and prob­a­bly has er­rors; cor­rec­tions grate­ful­ly re­ceived. Thanks to Sam Ru­by for sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion­s.] ...
 
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