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RSS and Atom in Action: Web 2.0 Building Blocks by Dave Johnson

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Chapter 1. New ways of collaborating

Thanks to blogs, wikis, and newsfeeds, reading and writing the Web has become simple and convenient.

Even the most casual observer can see that blogs, wikis, and newsfeeds have taken over the Internet and sparked a revolution in citizens’ media, corporate communications, and collaboration on the Web. The reason for this revolution is simplicity. Blogs, wikis, and newsfeeds make it simple for anybody to read and write the Web. Not only that, but they also make it easy for your software to do the same thing. Newsfeed formats RSS and Atom enable your software to monitor the Web and to extract meaningful data from web sites. Publishing protocols such as MetaWeblog API and Atom Protocol make it easy for your ...

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