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Merging feeds with SimplePie and PHP

Friday, April 27th, 2012

I never set out to build a miniature painting news aggregator. I had time to do it because I remain #unemployed. I was just trying to help a fellow blogger out with a problem they were having. You know me, always helping other people, when I should be helping myself…

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Feed Me!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Although I perhaps should have been using the time in other ways, I’ve spent considerable time and effort building a custom news aggregator. I was able to leverage SimplePie and PHP to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but I also wanted to scour the Internet, social media, and all the trendy Web 2.0 networks for the best content related to the hobby of miniature painting…

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3 Kinds of Feeds

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

So I’ve been building something. And while doing so I discovered there are three different types of feeds on the Internet…

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Curation & Aggregation

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Curation is the next big thing on the Internet with Pinterest being the latest media darling. Unfortunately for the talking heads in mainstream media, curation has been a feature of the world wide web since the beginning. A home page, something I’ve maintained online since 1995, is by very definition a curated collection of personal interests. What is news however, is how far technology has advanced, removing barriers that prevented people from easily achieving the collection of personal interests that they always wanted but didn’t have the time, energy, or desire to learn necessary to actually build…

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Been Building Something

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Once again it took way longer than I would have liked. Once again the common denominators are PHP and people who say look, here is my code, it does this, it just works, use it… Then when you write them informing them it doesn’t work they say “Oh I wrote that two years ago, I don’t feel like maintaining it anymore.”

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