February 27, 2004
@ 08:20 PM

Given the fact that about 15 news aggregators currently support Mark Nottingham's Atom Syndication Format 0.3 (PRE-DRAFT) I'll be adding support for it to RSS Bandit this weekend. This won't be a big deal to implement relative to a number of other features Torsten and I have in mind. As Brent Simmons wrote

This experience was a reminder for me of how unimportant the underlying syndication formats are, in a way. What percent of time does an aggregator developer spend on RSS and Atom parsing code? 50%? 25%? 10%?

I figure it’s somewhere less than 1%.

The rest of the time is taken up with things like data storage, networking, and user interface. But mostly user interface. Not just implementing—which is often easy—but designing user interface, which is difficult.

In other RSS Bandit news Torsten is almost done with some code that fixes our #2 performance problem in RSS Bandit and Phil Haack has started work on official RSS Bandit documentation. Excellent work.

All of the above should show up in the next RSS Bandit release. Phil's documentation will most likely reside on the RSS Bandit Documentation Page on SourceForge and will be linked to from the RSS Bandit help menu.


Friday, February 27, 2004 9:41:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hi Dare, The Documentation section of SourceForge states:

"Documents submitted here may consist of either normal ASCII text, or text with HTML mark-up."

Is there somewhere else we can submit them?
Friday, February 27, 2004 10:01:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I had assumed we'd convert the text to HTML. The only issue is hosting the images which we should be able to host on SourceForge's web servers.
Saturday, February 28, 2004 3:34:50 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Any idea when dasBlog will support Atom 0.3?
Saturday, February 28, 2004 4:35:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I don't but I sent Clemens Vasters and Omar Shahine mail about since they are the most active developers of dasBlog I am aware of.
Saturday, February 28, 2004 5:07:10 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Ok, I can look into it. Although hosting the Class Library Documentation as HTML might be a pain. ;)

It might be nice to add a docs subfolder to the CVS tree and add the Class Library Doc (as well as the nDoc project file that generated the doc) in there so it gets versioned along with the source code. I can send you the nDoc project file if you want it.
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 5:28:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
As always, great work. Looking forward to Atom support.
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