17.3. Working with News Feeds

News feeds or RSS feeds have become quite popular in the past several years. Initially conceived as a means to publish web site update notifications, they have quickly become the preferred way to publish any type of updates from any program. People have been using them to announce new posts on personal web logs (blogs) or Internet forums, new files in download sites, and all sorts of updates on all types of objects. Looking at the RSS acronym used everywhere, one may think that there is a well defined and widely accepted standard for publishing those news items. Sadly, this is not the case. The RSS acronym has been used to mean different things, and it has several versions and variations as a format, each having ...

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