Today's a good day to ship something new!
As you may know, I've been involved in RSS as a standard way to distribute news since the beginning. I wrote the RSS 0.91 and RSS 2.0 specs, and shipped the first software that was compatible with both formats. My early products, My.UserLand and Radio UserLand got the market started, along with a deal we did with the NY Times in 2002 to get their news flowing on the RSS net.
The RSS market is slowly rebuilding after the dominance of Google Reader was followed by its closing a couple of years ago. It shows how resilient open formats and protocols are. If Google Reader had been built on proprietary formats, that would have been the end. But RSS isn't something anyone can own, an idea that confuses many big companies.
RSS is alive and kicking and ready to act as the open distribution format for news for many years to come.
I also learned about various ways to configure Node apps as I understood more about Node, and that is also reflected in the design of River4, not in a good way. There are some things that can only be configured in environment variables, and others that can only be configured through a config.json file. It became a bit of a hairball.
A new foundation
This ia a foundation for developers to build on, but it's also possible for an adventurous user to set up their own rivers. Ken Smith, an English professor, is running River5 on his personal computer. It works. I wrote a Poets Guide for people who are new to Node.
So what's new in this river?
Let a thousand rivers bloom! ;-)