Java News from Thursday, January 5, 2006

I've been getting serious about Atom and RSS lately, and using it to enable some new cool features here and elsewhere. You may have noticed the links on Cafe au Lait to the news items on my other sites, as well as the spiffy new full text Atom feeds. More is coming. I'm finding new uses of this technology everywhere I look.

Yes, I know I'm a little late to the party, but I just couldn't stomach the crash prone, unreadable, crippled, privacy invading, Web architecture violating, brain damaged, catty, and unusable software and specs that have been passed around in this space. However now that Vienna has crossed my personal usability threshold for a feed reader and the Atom group has begun producing XML-sane, HTTP-savvy specifications that don't trigger my gag reflex, I'm finding these technologies to be ready for real work.

To explore some of the issues, over the next few weeks I'm going to be doing a mini-usergroup tour here in the Northeast. I'll be talking about how you can use RSS and Atom to manage, read, and publish all sorts of information. Hint: it's not just about weblogs. Dates and locations are as follows:

OK. XOM and JUnit Code Coverage don't have that much to do with Atom; but I'll try to work something in; maybe an Atom example or two in the XOM talk. If you'd like me to reprise one of these talks for your group, drop me an email. Hope to see you at one or more of these!