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Hacking RSS and Atom

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9758-9
602 pages
September 2005
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Now you can satisfy your appetite for information

This book is not about the minutia of RSS and Atom programming. It's about doing cool stuff with syndication feeds-making the technology give you exactly what you want the way you want. It's about building a feed aggregator and routing feeds to your e-mail or iPod, producing and hosting feeds, filtering, sifting, and blending them, and much more. Tan-talizing loose ends beg you to create more hacks the author hasn't thought up yet. Because if you can't have fun with the technology, what's the point?

A sampler platter of things you'll learn to do

  • Build a simple feed aggregator
  • Add feeds to your buddy list
  • Tune into rich media feeds with BitTorrent
  • Monitor system logs and events with feeds
  • Scrape feeds from old-fashioned Web sites
  • Reroute mailing lists into your aggregator
  • Distill popular links from blogs
  • Republish feed headlines on your Web site
  • Extend feeds using calendar events and microformats
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Table of Contents



Part I: Consuming Feeds.

Chapter 1: Getting Ready to Hack.

Chapter 2: Building a Simple Feed Aggregator.

Chapter 3: Routing Feeds to Your Email Inbox.

Chapter 4: Adding Feeds to Your Buddy List.

Chapter 5: Taking Your Feeds with You.

Chapter 6: Subscribing to Multimedia Content Feeds.

Part II: Producing Feeds.

Chapter 7: Building a Simple Feed Producer.

Chapter 8: Taking the Edge Off Hosting Feeds.

Chapter 9: Scraping Web Sites to Produce Feeds.

Chapter 10: Monitoring Your Server with Feeds.

Chapter 11: Tracking Changes in Open Source Projects.

Chapter 12: Routing Your Email Inbox to Feeds.

Chapter 13:Web Services and Feeds.

Part III: Remixing Feeds.

Chapter 14: Normalizing and Converting Feeds.

Chapter 15: Filtering and Sifting Feeds.

Chapter 16: Blending Feeds.

Chapter 17: Republishing Feeds.

Chapter 18: Extending Feeds.

Part IV: Appendix.

Appendix A: Implementing a Shared Feed Cache.


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Author Information

Leslie M. Orchard is a hacker, tinkerer, and creative technologist who works in the Detroit area. He lives with two spotted Ocicats, two dwarf bunnies, and a very patient and understanding girl. On rare occasions when spare time comes in copious amounts, he plays around with odd bits of code and writing, sharing them on his Web site named 0xDECAFBAD (http://www.decafbad.com).
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