10 January 2005

New to blogging and wondering what all this XML RSS and Atom stuff is about?

Congratulations! You've got your first blog. Here's best wishes to you in your success.

Remember, the blog is yours. You can do with it what you want. You have a powerful tool. Use it wisely, but don't be afraid to use it.

Here's an overview of what all this "feed" stuff is about.

When your eyes start to glaze over, stop reading the RSS entry. It's designed to give you some information about RSS so you can have a taste of the XML from a developer's perspective. [Remember to spit after gargling.]

Question: "Atom or RSS....what should I choose, which is best?"

It really doesn't matter for you, the blogger, sometimes called the "end-user" or "business end user."

SmartFeed: How FeedBurner will take your blogger account and turn it into something that the readers can read

Ref Here's a good one: FeedBurner explains how its system can handle either RSS or Atom for the aggregators.

FeedBurner calls it like it is:
Something of a format war is under way among the most impassioned developers in both camps; we can only hope the dust settles soon and the development community embraces a single evolutionary standard. Most feed users simply want fresh content and couldn't care less about the underlying protocol.
The developers are getting so passionate, they're even throwing crap at the end-user, even giving out misleading information on "which is best."

FeedBurner continues....
(FeedBurner helps publishers avoid this quandry, by the way. Apply our SmartFeed™ service to an Atom feed and your feed is delivered as RSS to readers that still don’t support Atom.)Ref
Translation

If you're new to XML, feeds, and blogs, take a look at the link in FeedBurner. It will save you alot of headache. If you have a feed from blogger, FeedBurner will turn that feed into something an aggregator can take.

FeedBurner will change a GoogleBlog into a good feed. You do not have to worry about the specification.

The XML developers decided to take two routes: One team picked RSS, and others picked Atom.

Bottom line: XML sucks as a coding platform, the developers are stuck with it, and the end-user need not care care.

If there's a "problem" with a feed, ask the developers, "What are you going to do about it?" As a blogger, it's not your problem. The developers are the ones in a position to fix their spec problem

To state it another way: The ones who are complaining about "Atom or RSS" are the developers. If you've got blogger, don't worry ... FeedBurner will send your blog-entries where they need to go.

"Which is best?" is the wrong question for end-users to worry about. FeedBurner can take your feed and turn it into something the aggregator can handle: Either RSS or Atom.

The right question to ask is, "What can I do to day to write something brilliant?" Just blog, and don't worry about XML, RSS, or Atom. Your job as a blogger is to make great content. Or make crappy content if that's what you want to do.

So, just set up your blog in blogger, get the content flowing, and then make sure you have a FeedBurner button on your site. That way, when people find your site and want to find it again, they'll click on that button, get the URL-code, and throw it into their little reader.

The rest is up to them.

Summary

FeedBurner can turn your blog entries into something the end-user can read. It will take your typing in your blog and shove it into the XML pipeline.

The end-reader can read it. Don't worry. If you hear screaming, it is a developer upset that the end-user isn't kissing their ass. If you run across a developer that is worried about their "blog ranking" and "whether someone is or is not linking to them," that's not someone you need to waste your time with.

The internet is an evolving place, and anyone who tells you "This is how it is, I know best," doesn't know what they're talking about. The place is constantly changing. You may find someone who swears up and down "RSS is best" or "Atom is best" ... again, if you're working with FeedBurner, it doesn't matter.

Don't waste your time trying to debate with developers. They'll either listen, or they wont. Nothing you do is going to change the contempt for both XML and the end-users who remind them of their foolish XML-development decisions.

If you enjoyed reading this selection, and want to read more ... you may find the following of interest.
Congratulations! You've got your first blog. Here's best wishes to you in your success.

Remember, the blog is yours. You can do with it what you want. You have a powerful tool. Use it wisely, but don't be afraid to use it.

Here's an overview of what all this "feed" stuff is about.

When your eyes start to glaze over, stop reading the RSS entry. It's designed to give you some information about RSS so you can have a taste of the XML from a developer's perspective. [Remember to spit after gargling.]

Question: "Atom or RSS....what should I choose, which is best?"

It really doesn't matter for you, the blogger, sometimes called the "end-user" or "business end user."

SmartFeed: How FeedBurner will take your blogger account and turn it into something that the readers can read

Ref Here's a good one: FeedBurner explains how its system can handle either RSS or Atom for the aggregators.

FeedBurner calls it like it is:
Something of a format war is under way among the most impassioned developers in both camps; we can only hope the dust settles soon and the development community embraces a single evolutionary standard. Most feed users simply want fresh content and couldn't care less about the underlying protocol.
The developers are getting so passionate, they're even throwing crap at the end-user, even giving out misleading information on "which is best."

FeedBurner continues....
(FeedBurner helps publishers avoid this quandry, by the way. Apply our SmartFeed™ service to an Atom feed and your feed is delivered as RSS to readers that still don’t support Atom.)Ref
Translation

If you're new to XML, feeds, and blogs, take a look at the link in FeedBurner. It will save you alot of headache. If you have a feed from blogger, FeedBurner will turn that feed into something an aggregator can take.

FeedBurner will change a GoogleBlog into a good feed. You do not have to worry about the specification.

The XML developers decided to take two routes: One team picked RSS, and others picked Atom.

Bottom line: XML sucks as a coding platform, the developers are stuck with it, and the end-user need not care care.

If there's a "problem" with a feed, ask the developers, "What are you going to do about it?" As a blogger, it's not your problem. The developers are the ones in a position to fix their spec problem

To state it another way: The ones who are complaining about "Atom or RSS" are the developers. If you've got blogger, don't worry ... FeedBurner will send your blog-entries where they need to go.

"Which is best?" is the wrong question for end-users to worry about. FeedBurner can take your feed and turn it into something the aggregator can handle: Either RSS or Atom.

The right question to ask is, "What can I do to day to write something brilliant?" Just blog, and don't worry about XML, RSS, or Atom. Your job as a blogger is to make great content. Or make crappy content if that's what you want to do.

So, just set up your blog in blogger, get the content flowing, and then make sure you have a FeedBurner button on your site. That way, when people find your site and want to find it again, they'll click on that button, get the URL-code, and throw it into their little reader.

The rest is up to them.

Summary

FeedBurner can turn your blog entries into something the end-user can read. It will take your typing in your blog and shove it into the XML pipeline.

The end-reader can read it. Don't worry. If you hear screaming, it is a developer upset that the end-user isn't kissing their ass. If you run across a developer that is worried about their "blog ranking" and "whether someone is or is not linking to them," that's not someone you need to waste your time with.

The internet is an evolving place, and anyone who tells you "This is how it is, I know best," doesn't know what they're talking about. The place is constantly changing. You may find someone who swears up and down "RSS is best" or "Atom is best" ... again, if you're working with FeedBurner, it doesn't matter.

Don't waste your time trying to debate with developers. They'll either listen, or they wont. Nothing you do is going to change the contempt for both XML and the end-users who remind them of their foolish XML-development decisions.

If you enjoyed reading this selection, and want to read more ... you may find the following of interest.
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