RSS and Atom: 06/09/06
Ian kindly went to Borders yesterday and got me a copy of Developing
Feeds with RSS and Atom by
Ben Hammersley. As with the other
published books that I keep on hand for reference, it is a well written book. It introduces
the technologies by discussing the history and methods in creating the various standards.
Then it shows numerous ways on how to use feeds both as a syndicator and as a subscriber.
As I was telling Ian last night, I don't think I would have ended up doing web production
if we hadn't met. I think I would have been put off by the computers. Programming was something
my brother did as a kid, not me. Sixteen years ago I couldn't have imagined relaxing after
dinner to read a technical book! But he has always been very encouraging and never doubted
me when I said I could something.
While I'm reading the book, I am also retooling what's currently under the hood here at
Puss Reboots. I've cleaned up a bunch of old latent code and I will be doing some minor but
important changes to how I handle my blogs (specifically my archives). Current blog archives
will not be affected by these changes and frankly other than the final switching on of the
feed, regular visitors should see no changes to the site.
I'm nearly over the coughing but my nose is now completely congested. I woke up a number
of times last night feeling as if I were under water. Hopefully this bit of the cold will
pass soon: I've had this darn thing for a week now.
Book Diary Anniversary:
I just realized that my book diary anniversary is up today. This concludes my 19th year of
tracking everything I've read. In the past year I've read 300 books. Many of these books
are one's I've read to Sean but a good 200 of them are longer books. Today begins my 20th
year of tracking my books. In January I had to start a new diary volume as I'd run out of
pages in my old Holly Hobbie diary. My new diary is a slick red faux leather mini diary.