Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom: Developer's Guide to Syndicating News and Blogs
reviewed by Robert Pritchett
Author: Ben Hammersley
Released: April 2005
$40 USD, $56 CND, 28.50 GBP, 36 Euro
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
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
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8