14 April 2005

XML Concepts: Ready templates with all XML tools pre-loaded

Morgan Stanley in their RSS analyst report said the set-up time for blogger was about 5 minutes [Ref] This is true.

But there’s more to blogging and RSS than simply signing up.

“The rest of the story” which Morgan Stanley neglected to talk about was all the other set-up required to really publish and search. This is analogous to selling someone a car, but then letting the driver gradually figure out over time that there are extra things that you need to add on your own: Windows, tires, seats, and a heating system.

To truly make blogging and RSS simple, the platforms need to have more than RSS. They need to be able to quickly support users with templates.


XML Multi-platform integration

XML templates pre-loaded with all XML tools


I’d like to be able to sign-up with a single blogging account, and have the codes for the Haloscan comments already in the template; I’d like the Technorati or Google searchlet already there in on the page; and I’d like to see my search results from that searchlet automatically report as a subscription-URI to my aggregator.

I don’t want to have to figure this out on my own; nor spend time adding this code.

To make a long story short, what I’d like to see are some integrated templates. If someone signs up for a blogging account, I’d like to have the template also include all the stuff that one needs to really publish:


Sample XML Tools to Pre-load to Blogging Templates


  • Auto-links to Technorati
  • A copy of the Technorati Searchlet code
  • Haloscan codes
  • Auto-setup of the site in Feedburner
  • Chicklets for Feedburner
  • Auto transfer of search requests from Technorati to the aggregator
  • Template code for RSS headline maker
  • The code from Newsgator Headlines


  • Take the RSS Digest and PubSub “My Stack.” And the Newsgator Online Headline generator. These all take RSS feeds and report the contents to a blogging platform. I’d like to see blogging templates that already have these included.

    To make this works, there needs to be more communication and cross-code transfer. Halsocan and some site monitoring tool have these auto-injection functions where by a user will sign-up for one tool, and the platform will take the code and automatically place it in the blogger template.

    But that is piecemeal. Why not have a single package or template that has all this combined?

    The biggest frustration with XML, RSS, and blogging is that all the pieces are just that: Pieces, not integrated, and it really takes a long time to find all these pieces, and then bring them together.

    It’s been about 6 months since I first started Mud’s Tests. And I just now feel like I’ve got my template where I think it should be as a first-time user. But think about that: Six months! That’s a lot longer than the 5 minutes people want to suggest.


    Going forward


    What I’d like to see are some auto-template functions that let me sign-up for a publication account, and have Feedburner-chicklets auto-placed on my platform; and have the auto-subscription tools already added.

    I’d like to see the Technorati search let code already available, auto-injected, and part of a single template; and I’d like to be able to do a search on the Technorati Searchlet and have that watchlist auto-reported to my aggregator.

    I’d like to be able to have my blogging platform already integrated with an aggregator and mobile system like Newsgator Online and Winksite; and I’d like these external platforms to have the same function: One that lets me quickly choose from a number of templates, and have both Newsgator and Winksite quickly configure that platform to meet my needs.

    I’m not looking for a lot of options; but what I want is a faster way to get going, without the requirement to read a lot of material, or randomly come across tips and ideas. I would like the entire process to be seamless, one step sign-up, and have templates auto-transferred back and for the between platforms.

    What I see is a range of basic features in each template. Users would have a very simple version of the integrated template. With a few minor prompts they could tweak it, and then actually meet the 5-minute setup time.

    The reason XML and RSS feeds are not catching on is that there is no single place one can go to get all the pieces in a single template.

    Ideally, these options could be pre-loaded to a mobile phone, and the user when they buy their mobile and pay their monthly service plan would be putting money toward the service cost of providing these templates.

    I’d also like to see an index of sample blogs that have the integrated features. Currently, the templates are just focused on blogs, and do little to highlight the full XML features. I’d like to see templates that one can upload that include the Feedburner chicklets, the auto-subscription tools, the searchlettes, and the feed subscription stacks.

    FeedMesh is about multi-platform pining. But I think the integration is much wider than simply publication. It also needs to be an integrated system that is about templates, set-up, and supporting the users.

    Users could later be given prompts on how to update or modify their fully integrated template.


    Summary Integrated Functions


    Publish: Auto-add Feedmesh ping-link; and chicklets for comments and feeds in FeedMesh. This would have an auto-notify to Feedmesh. Feedburner chicklet would in included in template. Users would have an auto-subscribe with the desktop aggregator.

    Monitor: The user would automatically be given in their aggregator the XML feeds to monitor their own name and blog or items of interest.

    Search: Auto-include code for searchlet; search terms would automatically generate XML feeds that are automatically loaded to the aggregator;

    Comments: Auto sing-up with Haloscan account; auto-inject template from Holoscne; auto-configuration wettings in Winksite; auto-add feeds to Feedburner; auto-notify services with Feedmesh that the feed is active; auto-add chicklet/subscription tools to template; auto-add the headline feeds for comments to the template.

    Maybe these types of functions already exist. I haven’t found them. But it’s been six months. That’s a lot longer than the 5 minute forecast from Morgan Stanley.


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    You may not copy any of this work to promote a commercial product on any site or medium in the universe.

    If you see this work posted on a commercial site, it violates the creative commons license; and the author does not endorse the commercial product.

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    Update

    The Depot project may be interesting to review: What were some of the reasons a similar integration effort failed; and what lessons can be applied to make the above project succeed?

  • Learn from Haloscan: How they were able to configure their code and platform to automatically inject it into Blogger.

  • Develop a central registry with links of XML products have auto-injection; showcase the central registry in a tag-group in Technorati.

  • See how this registry could be attached to the FeedMesh during notifications.

    The Gump project is an integration too. However, the above concept isn't a tool, but a result of applying the various tools into a single platform. Unlike Gump, the process would be transparent, so even developers wouldn't know what was going on.

    Portals is an example of the opposite end of the pipeline: The entry. This concept above is about integrating all the tools at the execution end.

    Managing the development effort

    Maven sounds interesting, but I get concerned that when starting a development effort there are two different software challenges: First, to find a platform to manage the development effort, and go through that learning curve; and second, to get the main software-project planned and executed.

    It would be nice if there was a simple way to simply say, "We need this done," and simply map it out on a whiteboard and go at it. I sometimes think the administrative-necessary-programmatics can make people lose the big picture.

    I'd be interested in hearing about Ant or Strut in terms of whether these types of management approaches are easy to work with and might support this effort; or whether an easier approach might be more appropriate.
  • Morgan Stanley in their RSS analyst report said the set-up time for blogger was about 5 minutes [Ref] This is true.

    But there’s more to blogging and RSS than simply signing up.

    “The rest of the story” which Morgan Stanley neglected to talk about was all the other set-up required to really publish and search. This is analogous to selling someone a car, but then letting the driver gradually figure out over time that there are extra things that you need to add on your own: Windows, tires, seats, and a heating system.

    To truly make blogging and RSS simple, the platforms need to have more than RSS. They need to be able to quickly support users with templates.


    XML Multi-platform integration

    XML templates pre-loaded with all XML tools


    I’d like to be able to sign-up with a single blogging account, and have the codes for the Haloscan comments already in the template; I’d like the Technorati or Google searchlet already there in on the page; and I’d like to see my search results from that searchlet automatically report as a subscription-URI to my aggregator.

    I don’t want to have to figure this out on my own; nor spend time adding this code.

    To make a long story short, what I’d like to see are some integrated templates. If someone signs up for a blogging account, I’d like to have the template also include all the stuff that one needs to really publish:


    Sample XML Tools to Pre-load to Blogging Templates


  • Auto-links to Technorati
  • A copy of the Technorati Searchlet code
  • Haloscan codes
  • Auto-setup of the site in Feedburner
  • Chicklets for Feedburner
  • Auto transfer of search requests from Technorati to the aggregator
  • Template code for RSS headline maker
  • The code from Newsgator Headlines


  • Take the RSS Digest and PubSub “My Stack.” And the Newsgator Online Headline generator. These all take RSS feeds and report the contents to a blogging platform. I’d like to see blogging templates that already have these included.

    To make this works, there needs to be more communication and cross-code transfer. Halsocan and some site monitoring tool have these auto-injection functions where by a user will sign-up for one tool, and the platform will take the code and automatically place it in the blogger template.

    But that is piecemeal. Why not have a single package or template that has all this combined?

    The biggest frustration with XML, RSS, and blogging is that all the pieces are just that: Pieces, not integrated, and it really takes a long time to find all these pieces, and then bring them together.

    It’s been about 6 months since I first started Mud’s Tests. And I just now feel like I’ve got my template where I think it should be as a first-time user. But think about that: Six months! That’s a lot longer than the 5 minutes people want to suggest.


    Going forward


    What I’d like to see are some auto-template functions that let me sign-up for a publication account, and have Feedburner-chicklets auto-placed on my platform; and have the auto-subscription tools already added.

    I’d like to see the Technorati search let code already available, auto-injected, and part of a single template; and I’d like to be able to do a search on the Technorati Searchlet and have that watchlist auto-reported to my aggregator.

    I’d like to be able to have my blogging platform already integrated with an aggregator and mobile system like Newsgator Online and Winksite; and I’d like these external platforms to have the same function: One that lets me quickly choose from a number of templates, and have both Newsgator and Winksite quickly configure that platform to meet my needs.

    I’m not looking for a lot of options; but what I want is a faster way to get going, without the requirement to read a lot of material, or randomly come across tips and ideas. I would like the entire process to be seamless, one step sign-up, and have templates auto-transferred back and for the between platforms.

    What I see is a range of basic features in each template. Users would have a very simple version of the integrated template. With a few minor prompts they could tweak it, and then actually meet the 5-minute setup time.

    The reason XML and RSS feeds are not catching on is that there is no single place one can go to get all the pieces in a single template.

    Ideally, these options could be pre-loaded to a mobile phone, and the user when they buy their mobile and pay their monthly service plan would be putting money toward the service cost of providing these templates.

    I’d also like to see an index of sample blogs that have the integrated features. Currently, the templates are just focused on blogs, and do little to highlight the full XML features. I’d like to see templates that one can upload that include the Feedburner chicklets, the auto-subscription tools, the searchlettes, and the feed subscription stacks.

    FeedMesh is about multi-platform pining. But I think the integration is much wider than simply publication. It also needs to be an integrated system that is about templates, set-up, and supporting the users.

    Users could later be given prompts on how to update or modify their fully integrated template.


    Summary Integrated Functions


    Publish: Auto-add Feedmesh ping-link; and chicklets for comments and feeds in FeedMesh. This would have an auto-notify to Feedmesh. Feedburner chicklet would in included in template. Users would have an auto-subscribe with the desktop aggregator.

    Monitor: The user would automatically be given in their aggregator the XML feeds to monitor their own name and blog or items of interest.

    Search: Auto-include code for searchlet; search terms would automatically generate XML feeds that are automatically loaded to the aggregator;

    Comments: Auto sing-up with Haloscan account; auto-inject template from Holoscne; auto-configuration wettings in Winksite; auto-add feeds to Feedburner; auto-notify services with Feedmesh that the feed is active; auto-add chicklet/subscription tools to template; auto-add the headline feeds for comments to the template.

    Maybe these types of functions already exist. I haven’t found them. But it’s been six months. That’s a lot longer than the 5 minute forecast from Morgan Stanley.


    LEGAL NOTICE


    Creative Commons License

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    You may not copy any of this work to promote a commercial product on any site or medium in the universe.

    If you see this work posted on a commercial site, it violates the creative commons license; and the author does not endorse the commercial product.

    Free to use for non-commercial uses. Link to this original blogspot and cite as .


    Update

    The Depot project may be interesting to review: What were some of the reasons a similar integration effort failed; and what lessons can be applied to make the above project succeed?

  • Learn from Haloscan: How they were able to configure their code and platform to automatically inject it into Blogger.

  • Develop a central registry with links of XML products have auto-injection; showcase the central registry in a tag-group in Technorati.

  • See how this registry could be attached to the FeedMesh during notifications.

    The Gump project is an integration too. However, the above concept isn't a tool, but a result of applying the various tools into a single platform. Unlike Gump, the process would be transparent, so even developers wouldn't know what was going on.

    Portals is an example of the opposite end of the pipeline: The entry. This concept above is about integrating all the tools at the execution end.

    Managing the development effort

    Maven sounds interesting, but I get concerned that when starting a development effort there are two different software challenges: First, to find a platform to manage the development effort, and go through that learning curve; and second, to get the main software-project planned and executed.

    It would be nice if there was a simple way to simply say, "We need this done," and simply map it out on a whiteboard and go at it. I sometimes think the administrative-necessary-programmatics can make people lose the big picture.

    I'd be interested in hearing about Ant or Strut in terms of whether these types of management approaches are easy to work with and might support this effort; or whether an easier approach might be more appropriate.
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