Sebastopol, CA--RSS is found everywhere on the Web, connecting weblogs
and providing news feeds. Originally developed by Netscape in 1999,
RSS--which can stand for RDF Site Summary, Rich Site Summary, or Really
Simple Syndication--is an XML-based format that allows web developers
to describe and syndicate web site content. Using RSS files allows
developers to create a data feed that supplies headlines, links, and
article summaries from a web site. Other sites can then incorporate
them into their pages automatically. Although RSS is in widespread use,
people struggle with its confusing and sometimes conflicting
documentation and versions. Content Syndication with RSS by Ben
Hammersley (O'Reilly, US $29.95) brings clarity to the subject as the
first book to provide a comprehensive reference to the specifications
and the tools that make syndication possible.
"RSS is just on the tipping point of mass adoption," says Hammersley.
"There are nearly a million feeds available on the open Internet, and
over thirty different clients. It's right there in the center of the
rise of blogging, mobile devices, semantic web technology, and
decentralization. Pretty much every new cool thing in IT this year is
being driven by, or facilitated with, RSS."
"Content Syndication with RSS" offers webloggers, developers, and the
programmers who support them a thorough explanation of syndication in
general and RSS in particular. Written for web developers who want to
offer XML-based feeds of their content, as well as developers who want
to use the content that other people are syndicating, the book explores
and explains metadata interpretation, different forms of content
syndication, and the increasing use of web services in this field.
This concise volume begins with an introduction to content syndication
on the Internet: its purpose, limitations, and traditions, and answers
the question of why would you consider "giving your content away" like
this? Next, the book delves into the architecture of content
syndication with an overview of the entire system, from content author
to end user on another site. Readers will follow the flow of data:
content, referral data, publish-and-subscribe calls, with a detailed
look at the protocols and standards possible at each step. Topics
covered in the book include:
- Creating XML syndication feeds with RSS 0.9x and 2.0
- Beyond headlines: creating richer feeds with RSS 1.0 and RDF metadata
- Using feeds to enrich a site or find information
- Publish and subscribe: intelligent updating
- News aggregators, such as Meerkat, Syndic8, and NewsIsFree, and their
- Alternative industry-centric standards
Anyone who is interested in producing his or her own RSS feed will want
to keep this step-by-step guide to implementation close by.
Content Syndication with RSS
ISBN 0-596-00383-8, 208 pages, $29.95 (US), $46.95 (CAN), 20.95 (UK)
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