Friday, January 20, 2006

Verisign acquires

The blogosphere will continue to grow – rapidly – but we already note signs that RSS and the mechanics of feed-based publishing will extend well beyond the blogging perimeter, and be adopted as an enabling technology in areas like mainstream media publishing and corporate data distribution. In short, we believe that it won’t be long before terms like ping, feed, and trackback become part of the conventional lexicon for Internet publishing as a whole, not just the realm of blogs.
...we’re committed to maintaining the integrity of the free and open ping stream, in all its wild and chaotic glory. But we believe that many will want to take advantage of filtering services – screen out the splogs based on a threshold value in the analysis – in much the same way that mail users see value in spam filters for their email inbox.


Replacing SQL with RSS

On a related note, I have been thinking about the possibilities of using RSS as a plugin-in replacement for SQL for content retrieval for websites. Slower, maybe, but lots of potential for optimization. Now, not every bit of content naturally fits into an RSS style format, but perhaps with some tweaking, or some sort of RSS Style Language (RSL?) conversion, it ought to be possible to publish the majority of non-forms-based content on most websites in this format.

The advantages? Sites can be built up from completely heterogenous components - RSS acts as a common language linking (say) a Java Servlet, an ASP.NET Web Service, and some old CGI app. The integration needed to get these technologies to work together normally is not worth the effort, but how about a model where each sub-system, in whatever language/framework, publishes its content as RSS, and then a front-end just aggragates this and displays it for the browser?


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