Content Syndication with RSS Paperback – Apr 3 2003
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About the Author
Ben Hammersley is an English emigre, living in Sweden, with his wife, three greyhounds, a few hundred deer, and a two-way satellite connection. For a day job, he writes for the British national press, appearing in The Times, The Guardian, and The Observer, but in his free time, he blogs excessively at www.benhammersley.com and runs the Lazyweb.org ideas site. As a member of the RSS 1.0 Working Group, he survived the Great Fork Summer, and as a journalist he has been accosted by the secret police of two countries. To this day, he doesn't know which was worse.
Top Customer Reviews
As a general introductory reading, it's the best book out there. But once you get your feet deep enough in the RSS waters, you need to go online and search for the current APIs, Web Services, News Aggregators and RSS/Blog Directories, which is the area where the book will fall behind the fast growth of this area. Overall, very well structured, even with an appendix on the XML you need to know, in order to be able to deal with RSS.
Another reviewer complained that Chapter 4's title including "RSS 2.0", while not discussing RSS 2.0 in the chapter's text. This was apparently an honest mistake that has no effect whatsoever on the book's presentation, as Chapter 8 is entirely devoted to RSS 2.0. I note that the Chapter 4 title is corrected in the Safari online edition of the book -- O'Reilly is really on top of updates!
The author includes an excellent appendix on XML basics; you can give this book to any web developer and get them up to speed on RSS without first making them XML experts.
Given the complexity of the topic, this is a top-notch book, easily worth five stars.
It contains a lot of information on creating RSS feeds and related scripts. Most of the non-RSS code is in Perl, so if you don't use Perl, some of the book might not be handy.
I was disappointed that the book didn't cover much of the user's end of syndication... things like scraping and RSS readers themselves, but that's obviously another book.
This is a really nice title if you're interested in the techie side of RSS, but if you're an end user, there won't be too much here for you aside from the bits of history.
Most recent customer reviews
I was expecting this book to show me somewhere in the first hundred pages an example of how to create an RSS feed. Read morePublished on May 2 2004
This is a useful little book; the whole main content is less than 180 pages and the author's pleasant writing style make it really easy to read in a day or two. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Foti Massimo
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