There are many applications for syndication. It used to be called 'the Unix pipe of the Web'. But creating applications that parse RSS from hundreds or thousands of sources are hard to make stable for many reasons like: it's poorly standardized, often poorly implemented, and usually brings along many other problems.
In this lecture we'll discuss several CPAN modules for parsing RSS and Atom feeds, one of which is the one that WebGUI's syndicated content is based on. We'll also cover typical problems like character encoding issues, ways to make existing parsers more liberal, and possible uses of parsing streams and attempts by others to do this like Plagger and Pipes.
Presented by Arjan Widlak. Arjan is founder and CEO of United Knowledge, a full-service internet- and consultancy company with a focus on the public sector. Among the customers are departments of the governments of The Netherlands and the United States.
Arjan develops serious games for complex decision making, like setting-standards, about standardization processes and Chain City, about leadership challenges in cross-sectoral networks. And he still likes to do some programming as well. Last year he did a lot with syndication which led to this talk at the WUC.