Bridges to/from RSS

That reminds me; how well are developers served by technologies that bridge to RSS (that is, they read (or write) RSS and write (or read) another format/protocol)? Well, there's:

  • nntp//rss (RSS to NNTP; Java)
  • IM/RSS bridges, including JabRSS (RSS to XMPP; Python)
  • mail/RSS - including rss2email (RSS to SMTP; Python)
  • rssutilities (RSS to HTML; Java) - a JSP tag library for adding RSS feeds to a web-page
  • Rome (RSS to/from other versions of RSS and Atom; Java) - RSSLibJ seems to be the nearest alternative in terms of features, but Rome nudges into first place in my book due to it's depth of RSS support and extensibility - Alejandro Abdelnur and  Patrick Chanezon are co-authors (alongside Elaine Chien) with blogs

So compared to the number of RSS client applications (such as the rather nice RSSOwl) or add-ins, there are actually not too many real bridge technologies, but at least API's like Rome make it easier to write them.

Comments:

You've brought together here very concisely some very valuable information about RSS and bridge technologies. All of the utilities and libraries seem like the sort of tools that one would want to have when building a content aggregator, server or some other content distributor. The tools seems to all be here for whoever wants to build some great apps . . .

Posted by M. Mortazavi on September 07, 2004 at 10:26 AM PDT #

Thanks for your nice comment - this list is really just a starting point, but it shows how mail, news, IM and RSS can be made to converge in some respects. One important missing one is WebDAV; I could imagine RSS as a useful way to present change notifications for items and folders. But even that's just scratching the surface of what's possible!

Posted by Colm Smyth on September 11, 2004 at 10:09 PM PDT #

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