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Preface > How This Book Is Organized

How This Book Is Organized

Because RSS and now Atom come in a number of flavors, and there are lots of ways to use them, this book has a lot of parts.

Chapter 1 explains where these things came from and why there is so much diversity in what seems on the surface to be a relatively simple field. Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 look at what you can do with RSS and Atom without writing code or getting close to the data. Chapter 2 looks at these technologies from the ordinary user’s perspective, showing how to read feeds with a number of tools. Chapter 3 digs deeper into the challenge of creating RSS and Atom feeds, but does so using tools that don’t require any programming.

The next four chapters look at the most common varieties of syndication feeds and how to create them. Chapter 4 examines RSS 2.0, inheritor of the 0.91 line of RSS. Chapter 5 looks at RSS 1.0, and its rather different philosophy. Chapter 6 explores the many modules available to extend RSS 1.0. Chapter 7 looks at a third alternative: the recently emerging Atom specification.


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