That’s what Dapper allows you to do. It allows you to build web applications and mashups using data from any website on the Internet.
For example, AskTom has three RSS feeds available: just updated, hot articles and most popular. The just updated feed includes updates to new and old questions. It would have been nice if there was a feed for new questions only, in other words, a feed that gets updated only when a new question (and Tom’s answer) is posted on the website.
I had fun playing with Dapper. Although there are other services, like Feed43 and Ponyfish, that allow you to create your own RSS feeds from almost any web page, unlike others, in addition to RSS, Dapper can also output XML, HTML, CSV, JSON, Google gadgets, Netvibes modules and more.1 Comment | Filed in Oracle, Tips | Tags: asktom, dapper, feed
If you use OraNA to stay current on the lastest Oracle news and blogs, you may have noticed that the aggregator was flooded by a bunch of past posts from a few Blogger’s blogspot blogs. This is because OraNA is based on Google Reader. Google Reader re-publishes updated feeds, which means that if an item in the feed changes, it will be marked as new. So, I suspect that something has changed on these few blogs marking their feeds as updated. As a result, the posts were picked up by Google Reader (and ultimately, OraNA) as new. Sorry for the inconvenience.2 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed
After reading “Why I’ m asking for full-text RSS feeds” by Constantin Basturea, and “Only Generous Bloggers Influence” by Steve Rubel, I have decided to publish my blog’s feed as a full text instead of just a summary.
As a blogger, why wouldn’t you publish a full-text feed? I can think of the following reasons:
I switched to a full-text feed because:
So, fellow bloggers, why don’t you unleash your full-text feeds?2 Comments | Filed in Interesting, WordPress | Tags: blog, dapper, feed
I will take you through the three easy steps that I followed to set up OraNA. You can follow the same steps to set up your own aggregator if you wish.
I will also share with you the features that make OraNA unique, like the ability for anyone to contribute feed items, the aggregation of feeds for websites that do not have feeds (like Jonathan Lewis’s web site), and the option to “plug-n-play” the aggregator on any website or blog, with just one line of code.
Here is how I (re)created OraNA:
1 – Set up the feeds in Google Reader:
Recently Google Reader introduced the ability to share labels. Using this feature, you can subscribe to many feeds, label them with a specific label, and then share that label. A shared label has one unique feed URL. subscribing to that one shared label feed is the same as subscribing to every feed with the same label.
So, I subscribed to all the feeds that I wanted to include in OraNA, labeled them “oracle” and then turned on sharing on that label.
2 – Created the OraNA feed in FeedBurner:
3 – Added the sources to BlogRolling:
Now, when I want to add a new feed to OraNA, all what I need to do is to subscribe to the feed I want to add in Google Reader, label it “oracle” and add it to the blogroll in BlogRolling.
OraNA aggregates the feed for http://del.icio.us/OracleNews. I created the OracleNews del.icio.us account specifically for OraNA. If you have a del.icio.us account, links that you tag for:oraclenews will appear in OraNA. I will have to approve the links first before publishing them to OraNA (i.e. save them to OracleNews).
OraNA has a Firefox extension, get it here.
OraNA aggregates ALL the blogs listed in blogs.oracle.com, including ALL Oracle executive blogs, ALL Oracle employee blogs and ALL Oracle non-employee blogs. I will make sure that new blogs added to blogs.oracle.com, will also be aggregated by OraNA.
New feed content normally appears on OraNA within few minutes from publishing. Updated feed content will also reappear on OraNA.
OraNA includes Jonathan Lewis’ feeds for jlcomp.demon.co.uk/faq/ind_faq.html and jlcomp.demon.co.uk/ind_misc.html. I know, these pages do not have an RSS feed, but with the help of feed43.com or Ponyfish, everything is possible :). Here is the feed for the FAQ page, and here is the feed for the articles page.
And to list the sources, add this code:
Happy news reading
Important Note: If you are already subscribed to the OraNA feed, make sure you use http://feeds.feedburner.com/orana to continue receiving updates.6 Comments | Filed in Oracle | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed, Google, News
I’m a heavy user and big fan of Bloglines. I use it as my main and only news reader. In addition to the fact that it is web based – which means I can access it from my home and work computer, after their recent data center move and upgrade, their feed update has been really fast. When I publish a post on this blog, it only takes a few minutes before it appears on Bloglines. You can read why I like Bloglines here. But, this is not what this post is about.
No matter what news reader you use, you may end up with many feeds in your subscription list, 100, 200 feeds, maybe more. The question becomes how to manage this list to make your blog/news reading as effective and less time consuming as possible.
Previously I organized my subscriptions into folders. Each folder corresponded to a “topic” or “category”. For example, I placed Oracle related blogs into an Oracle folder, ColdFusion related blogs, into a ColdFusion folder, and so on. Every “topic” had its own folder.
Last weekend, after reading Top 10 tips for effective blog reading, Productivity Tips For Avid Blog Readers and Controlling RSS Overload…Animal House Style, I decided to change the organization of my feeds and the way I read them. Here is how I set up my folders in Bloglines:
So far, it is working. In other words, I am not wasting time reading useless posts and finding more time reading useful posts.
I’m interested to know what your “RSS/ATOM” subscription/reading habit is. How do you organize your feeds? How often do you check your news reader? Do you have an advice you can share with us to make our RSS/ATOM overload more manageable?4 Comments | Filed in Personal, Technology, Tips | Tags: aggregator, blog, feed
It looks like my blog’s feed, as well as OraQA and OraNA feeds are not being polled by Bloglines, and as a result new items have not been updated (in Bloglines only) for the past two or three days. They are all FeedBurner feeds.
If you subscribe to these feeds in Bloglines, you will see a red exclamation mark [!] next to the subscription. It also looks like that I am not the only one noticing this. Feed owners are complaining in the FeedBurner forum. Also check out Darren Rowse post which mentions that FeedBurner claims that the issue is at their end.
This makes me wonder if it is worth it to introduce another POF (Point Of Failure) between my feeds and my readers. But I guess no system is “Unbreakable”.
Update: I contacted Bloglines, here is their reply:
Bloglines has received errors from FeedBurner while attempting to retrieve the feeds in question. FeedBurner is aware of the issue and working to resolve it. We have manually reset the feeds, although this may only temporarily resolve the issue in Bloglines. Subsequent errors may take 24 hours to automatically clear. Thank you for your patience.
Update 2: Looks like the problem is solved. The feeds are normally updated in Bloglines and reported correctly in FeedBurner. Thanks for whoever took care of this issue.Comments Off | Filed in Interesting | Tags: aggregator, feed