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Consuming RSS Feeds with Ruby

Mar 12, 2008, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"Last year, noted blogger and technical evangelist Robert Scoble made headlines by explaining how he manages to read a staggering 622 RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds each and every morning. Although attempting to digest this much information on a regular basis is probably overkill for most, it's a testament to the efficiency boost gained from subscribing to RSS feeds in lieu of navigating from one web site to the next.

"But what exactly is an RSS feed, and how does one go about consuming them? In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use Ruby to retrieve and parse RSS feeds from your favorite web sites. You can use what you learn here to do something as simple as including a favorite RSS feed on your web site, or as the basis for building your own custom RSS aggregator...!"

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