2009.06.01 01:21 PM
Some Resources for RSS Generation
Needing to generate RSS feeds from search results on a customer's ASP.NET web site, I sought out some info to assist and (re)discovered the following items, which I figured were worth sharing here, if for no other reason than to give this old blog a much needed kick in the pants.
- RSS 2.0 Specification
First stop, the specification, hosted on Harvard Law. All the necessary details available here, including some approaches for item element encoding and many improved examples.
- Mike Stall's Trivial RSS Writer
Next stop, Mike Stall's post from a couple of years ago to get a visual on some XmlWriter logic and the custom DateTime format for conversion of UTC values into the RFC 822 compliant date/time strings expected by RSS.
- Google Blog Search Feed, Google News Search Feed, and Bing Web Search Feed
Always look to see what the big guys are doing. These search result RSS feeds led to lots of helpful information, including opening my eyes to the differences between normal-form and encapsulated-blob feeds (Bing providing the former, Google News the latter), and also the use of existing domains for extending RSS, including using the publisher, creator, and date elements of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and the totalResults, startIndex, and itemsPerPage elements of the OpenSearch 1.1 specification.
Maybe this will get the old blog rolling again.
One post a year now, eh? You're topping my output!
Jeff Key | 2009.06.02 09:46 AM
I strive to better you in all things, Mr. Key! And if that means one blog post every 18 months, then so be it! :)
Hope you are well!
ewbi.develops | 2009.06.02 10:40 AM
I found valuable stuff here, and well explained (Excel Autofit question); keep it up please!
Tracy | 2009.06.19 10:58 AM
what is this stuff? Could it be that you're an alian and this is all something that was written by martians who invaded the earth via Windows XP? Can you not talk about changing the 10 key pad to be upside down like the phone? would that be too hard? Argggggh
Steve Kent | 2009.08.17 01:56 PM
Invasion of the computer snatchers maybe? And I've always thought it was the phone that was upside down. Hmmm. :P
ewbi.develops | 2009.08.17 02:11 PM
I have a comment - well.... (2) of 'em. #1 is there a way to surpress a line in excell ie a blank row - if the row is blank, do not print.... type thing? where you might have 50 rows but data in only 5 of them so if there is nothing in the a1 cell, skip the print? #2 why are you not on facebook?
SAK | 2010.02.08 09:44 PM
#1: yes, #2: I am. :)
ewbi.develops | 2010.02.09 09:55 AM
Steve Kent | 2010.02.09 01:48 PM
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