Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Feed2JS : The online GNU utility to convert RSS to JavaScript

powered by feed2js @ Modevia Web Services
Powered by Feed2JS @ Modevia Web Services

Feed2JS : The online GNU utility to convert RSS to JavaScript.

I have been searching web for converting various RSS Feeds into JavaScript and displaying it on my blog post. While researching I come across this neat online GNU licensed based utility called Feed2JS. In fact, I have liked the idea, the implementation and the ease to use the tool so much, I have experimented it to display my Top Entrecard droppers for April'09 RSS feed from EntreCard as well as my favorite Apple iTunes Store Top Featured Items.

This allows to input RSS feed url, choose some parameters and click on "Generate JavaScript", voila you are ready to display the feed on your blog.

Feed2JS is been developed by Alan Levine. The hosting of this open source utility is provided by Modevia Web Services. Most of you who are keenly observant has already noticed that in Feed2JS badge on top right corner.

Before jumping into how to use this cool tool for your benefit, let us look at what is it made up of. Feed2JS uses Magpie RSS. Magpie RSS is an XML-based (expat) RSS parser in PHP. Magpie is distributed under the GPL license. Apart from this core component, Feed2JS is using eduforge.org "Innovation For Education" for its configuration management purpose.

Now to interesting part. How to use it to convert your RSS feed to javascript using Feed2JS service. Ofcourse you will need RSS link. Go to Feed2JS.org page and input it to the text box, rest follow the series of questions, either click on Preview Feed or generate JavaScript. That is it. Everything is very intutive.


Once you have your Feed Javascript ready, just copy it. Add a

block and paste the feed javascript. You are ready to shine !!!



Inspector Clouseau said...

I've been so busy trying to expand my audience recently, that I have neglected visiting the blogs of some of my original cross-links.

Missed this one on swine flu. Good suggestions. Of course people in high density areas obviously have to be more concerned, as we found out shortly after WW I.

BTW, tried to post comment using Disqus. Always seems to have a glitch.

Akila said...

Wow! This is really cool and very useful. No need to rely on 3rd party widgets anymore.
Thanks for sharing.

t_volts said...

It is a less time consuming way of keeping you updated with the changes that occurs on your friends' website. Amazing tech...