RSS as the real XML, Again.

A year ago I suggested that RSS/Atom will get used outside just syndicating blogs or news and as the standard way to publish machine readable Web content – in other words, you’ll send a simple HTTP GET and get the response in RSS or Atom, as opposed to some other kind of XML (SOAP etc). I figured Atom/RSS just seems to fit the way most Web developers work a lot better than more sophisticated XML schemas (which incidentally is also why Java and .Net, designed and built by the best CS talent in the world, keep losing to stuff like PHP and Rails, but that’s another story).

Well, today I (fashionably late) discovered GData:

The Google data APIs (“GData” for short) provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web.

GData uses either of two standard XML-based syndication formats: Atom or RSS

And look how it uses RSS and Atom to publish stuff like Spreadsheet data, Code Search results, Picasa Web albums etc (No Google Search results, though…)


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