What a Feed Looks Like

There are two principal families of feeds: namely Atom and RSS (Really Simple Syndication). RSS in turn is divided into several more subgroups. Currently, however, the trend is towards RSS 2.0 and so that’s what I’ll stick to in this chapter. The others are not that different though, so you should be able to use what you find here and then quickly Google the differences.

Figure 25.1. An RSS feed is an XML document that describes (and sometimes contains) the latest additions to your Web page, blog, or podcast.

All feeds are XML files. RSS 2.0 feeds have two main parts: an introductory section and a list of items. The ...

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