Monday, September 28, 2009


I have been using Magpie Rss for a while to parse rss feeds in php.  It has worked pretty well for me.  But recently I have been working on some projects where I need to parse tags that have attributes. Some examples of tags with attributes in rss are enclosure tags for podcasts or cloud tags for rssCloud.  Magpie Rss doesn't support attributes, but only support values within begin and end tags.

I found RSS_PHP which looks to do what I want.  This library does support rss attributes and extensions.  I will pay for the commercial version if the free version continue to works as well as it is now.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Install Ubuntu Netbook Remix in VMWare

I like playing with different distributions of Linux, and am pretty curious about distributions that are geared towards netbooks.  I was curious about checking out the latest version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix, but I wanted to check it out in VMWare Workstation before actually installing it on my netbook.  Unfortunately, the installer is intended to be copied to a USB thumb drive and installed from there.  This doesn't work in VMWare.

This page has instructions on how to install UNR in a virtual machine.  These instructions create a disc image that can be mounted our burned to disc.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


RSSCloud is an interesting concept.  The idea is to define a standard way to push notification of changes in rss feeds.  I have installed the RSSCloud Wordpress plugin, just so I can write a service that listens to these notifications.

[via Mashable]