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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Flickr makes my day.

Flickr, the online photo community which I have formed a minor addiction to, just went 1.0. No, the site isn't out of beta (or gamma), but they have an Atom 1.0 feed.

I haven't seen it advertised (probably because it doesn't quite validate), but I was able to hack the URL from ?atom_03 to ?atom_100 and it worked!

They've made some great progress, and the validation error will be easy to fix. What I'm really excited about is how they correctly mark up tags in the feed:
<category term="up" scheme="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/" />
<category term="kayak" scheme="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/" />
<category term="memorialdayweekend" scheme="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/" />


I hope more tag-happy apps follow suit!

Monday, May 15, 2006

New Book

Aaron: i've already started my Agile Bullshitting book
Dan: haha
Aaron: that's the beauty of the book
Aaron: i totally bullshited you just now
Dan: nice.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Moving to Ma.gnolia

I've been using the social bookmarking service del.icio.us for a while now, but not quite as often as I could. Usually when I have a site open for a couple days, I clear it out by adding it to del.icio.us.

For an upcoming plot to take over the world, I wanted to take an Atom feed from del.icio.us and merge it into a new feed. The only problem: del.icio.us doesn't use Atom.

I want Atom for a few reasons, mainly because you can do some tricky things when you create new feeds from existing Atom feeds. Also because Atom is generally cooler.

So I looked into alternatives. Ma.gnolia is another social bookmarking service that does outpu valid Atom feeds, in addition to some other goodies. I quickly copied all my del.icio.us data into ma.gnolia. I wanted to be sure the feed would work appropriately, so I ran it through the feed validator. It was valid, but had a few minor warnings. I shot of an email to support detailing the solutions and within hours they had fixed the feeds!

Now, if i can only convince Flickr to upgrade their Atom 0.3 feeds to 1.0, I'll be happy.