Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom: Developer's Guide to Syndicating News and Blogs 
reviewed by Robert Pritchett 
Author: Ben Hammersley 
http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/catalog/view/au/909
  
http://www.benhammersley.com
O'Reilly 
http://www.oreilly.com
  
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/deveoprssatom/index.html
  
Released: April 2005 
Pages:  
$40 USD, $56 CND,  28.50 GBP,  36   Euro 
ISBN:  0596008813 
Requirements: Some knowledge of HTML, XML, some Perl 
and a desire to be a professional programmer. 
Strengths: Practical, not theoretical approach to RSSing and 
Atomizing newsfeeds and Blogs. 
Weaknesses: None found. 
Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom: Developer's Guide to Syndicating News and Blogs by 
Ben Hammersley  does an excellent job discussing the ins and outs of RSS and Atom coding for 
Blogs, Newsfeeds and XMLing RSS. 
If you do Blogs and want to get syndicated, this book will get you there. You will also discover 
the short history behind why there are so many different RSS versions, some of their strengths 
and weaknesses and why Atom is going strong. 
The book does no assume you know anything, but does assume you know a little about Perl, so if 
you are an  advanced  RSSer, this book may not be of interest except for the chapter on XMLing 
RSS. 
If you want to learn about RSS modeling and scripting, than you have come to the right place. 
That's right, 3 formats. Two RSS (1.0 and  2.0 and no, one is not a revision of the other) and one 
Atom. Atom is still maturing, but we use it in our Blog at 
macCompanion.com
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8 




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