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A test case for RSS Clouds

Sunday, July 19, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named umbrella.gifI'm preparing a test of a Twitter-like service based on rssCloud, but then realized that I'm within striking distance of something simpler -- re-adding a <cloud> element to Scripting News. It had one for quite a while, we had a server that supported it when Radio 8 shipped in 2002.  Permalink to this paragraph

So I added it in, and before I could construct a test, some aggregators started registering handlers! In other words, the old network started rebooting. If you don't understand, don't worry about it, but if you do -- man that's spooky. Permalink to this paragraph

Anyway, the RSS feed for scripting.com does indeed now have a <cloud> element, and if you happen to have an aggregator that knows what to do with it, please feel free to register a handler. I'll have a lot more to say about this in the coming week, knock wood, Murphy-willing. A picture named sidesmiley.gif Permalink to this paragraph

BTW, the errors in the log are the result of apps registering receivers who are unable to receive notification because they're behind a firewall or NAT. I obviously have to unsub them when I get that error. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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