New MSDN RSS feeds are live…

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I had written a new system for producing MSDN’s RSS feeds, and those feeds are now live at the same URLs as the previous versions. You might get some duplicates in your aggregators, (since these are new feeds but with some overlap of items from the old feeds) but that should be temporary. Anyway, check them out (here is the one for VB) and let me know what you think.

Some people have asked why I haven’t gone into a lot of detail about how we generate these feeds. Basically, I haven’t talked about it because it isn’t all that difficult to write out a RSS file… the trick is usually how you obtain the data that you wish to write out and that part of the system isn’t interesting (IMHO) to the general public as it is just SQL queries against our database full of content… the process that generates these feeds runs daily, and then static xml is posted to the site… all in all, not that exciting 🙂

Author: Duncan Mackenzie

I'm the Developer Lead for the Channel 9 team, formerly worked on MSDN as a developer, content strategist and author.

2 thoughts on “New MSDN RSS feeds are live…”

  1. I think that the MSDN feeds are great, but they have one major drawback: there is a lot of unnecessary duplication. For example, I went out and added the Visual Studio 2005 feed and got articles about ADO.NET 2.0 query notifications and ASP.NET 2.0 profiles. Both nice things to know, but not related to Visual Studio. If I want to also subscribe to the ASP.NET feed, I’ll get the same ASP.NET article in both of those places (and probably in others as well, such as the SQL feed).

    Also, the “Visual Studio” feed also includes articles about VS 2005, so if I subscribe to both, I get those items twice. This sort of thing makes the targeted feeds less useful.

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