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SQL - Get all columns for distinct email address

Wow. I was trying to create a SQL query in which I could retrieve all the information from a table, but with only 1 result per distinct email address. You can't do this with distinct, since distinct works on all the columns. Here's what I ended up with, after a little help from the bytes.com forums. SELECT TIME, NAME, EMAIL, COMPANY, TARGET, TITLE, PHONE, LEARN FROM RSSBUS_DOWNLOADS AS y1 WHERE (TIME IN (SELECT (SELECT TOP (1) TIME FROM RSSBUS_DOWNLOADS AS y2 WHERE (EMAIL = emails.EMAIL)) AS TIME ......

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Comments (0)

Test PS Script Formatter

Step three: Paste in the following RSSBus Web Part template, and click "Apply". <rsb:info title="Google Calendar Sync" description="This template Syncs your SharePoint Calendar events with those in a Google Calendar account."> <input name="email" description="The email used to authenticate with Google." required="true"/> <input name="password" description="The password used to authenticate with Google." required="true" style="password"/> <input name="calendar" description="The ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 2:14 PM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #10

This post is the tenth and last in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #10 - Keep Your SharePoint Calendar Synced with Google The following is one way you can use to keep your SharePoint Calendar(s) synced up with your Google Calendar. This particular example only syncs in one direction: from Google to SharePoint. It could go the opposite direction, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 1:19 PM | Comments (12)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #9

This post is the ninth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #9 – Microsoft Dynamics CRM The credit for this particular web part template goes to one of my co-workers Shannon Prue. I asked him if he could put together a MS CRM template example for me, and a few minutes later I had in my inbox a 10 line example template! In the past, integrating ......

Posted On Monday, November 9, 2009 10:13 AM | Comments (1)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #8

This post is the eighth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #8 – Twitter Many times since I originally posted about it months ago, I’ve been asked for more details about including Twitter searches and streams inside their SharePoint pages. Thanks to the Twitter API and feeds, this is very simple to do, and to change from showing searches, ......

Posted On Friday, October 30, 2009 3:35 AM | Comments (2)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #7

This post is the seventh in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #7 – Search Email History One of my good friends here recently asked me to give him an easy way to quickly bring up a list of email correspondence to and from a particular email address over the past 6 months. This way, if he is assisting someone on the telephone or email, he can ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:07 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #6

This post is the sixth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #6 – Shipment Tracking Web Part! I’ve been holding on to this one for a while. Until recently it was just a FedEx shipment tracker, but now the UPS and USPS Connectors have been published at RSSBus.com so this can be what I wanted it to be. This sample will allow the user to input ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 4:02 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #5

This post is the fifth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #5 – QuickBooks Web Part! I accidently overwrote the original post. Sorry about that. Below are the steps for the QuickBooks webpart. If there are other QB searches you need to do, I can help with that. The RSSBus QBOps Connector has a ton of functionality. Step one is to make sure ......

Posted On Monday, August 24, 2009 3:06 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #4

This post is the fourth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #4 – List Active Directory Groups and Users This web part will list each user group and its members, as defined in your Active Directory (or other LDAP server) installation. Step one is to make sure you have the RSSBus Web Part installed. See here for instructions. Step two, make ......

Posted On Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:57 AM | Comments (0)

Screencast: RSSBus SharePoint Web Part Intro

Here is a screencast showing the absolute basics of how to use the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part. The screencast does not go over installation, but all that requires is that you download and run the setup on your SharePoint machine. Technorati Tags: SharePoint, RSSBus ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:36 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #3

This post is the third in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #3 – Custom SQL Queries This web part will perform a custom SQL query, and allow you to display them however you like. Unlike previous examples, this one won’t be just cut and paste, since you’ll have to provide your own SQL connection string and query, and make replacements inside ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:30 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #2

This post is the second in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #2 – List Document Libraries and Documents For this example, we’ll make a web part that displays a list of the most recently modified document libraries/documents on the site. Lots of SharePoint sites contain many libraries, each containing dozens or even hundreds of documents. Often ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 7, 2009 3:22 AM | Comments (1)

Free Web Part (limited time!)

RSSBus (@rssbus) is promoting a "limited time offer - one per company" free 10-user site license for the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part. I don't know how long it will be available, but here is the link. The timing of this offer is quite nice for me since I have started the blog post series "10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts". Tags: SharePoint, RSSBus, WebPart ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:26 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #1

This post marks the beginning of a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. After that intro you’re probably already wondering what the catch is, and yep, there is one. These examples will require the use of the highly acclaimed RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. And now…let’s get on with it! #1 – SharePoint Image Rotator Step one is to make sure you have the ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 30, 2009 3:00 AM | Comments (2)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts 10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts is a series of postings containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. These examples will require the use of the highly acclaimed RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. The RSSBus SharePoint Web Part isn’t like most others – it cannot be called a uni-tasker. It is the most exciting thing I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while... its just a thing of beauty. What does it do? It lets you expose data to SharePoint ......

Posted On Monday, June 29, 2009 3:44 AM | Comments (2)

Basic RSSBus Scripting Cheat Sheet

Here are the basics of building an RSSBus script/template – the absolute minimum that you’ll need to know. I will probably update this with a few more things before I am done with it. 1. XML The entire script or template will be constructed with XML. A script outputs an RSS feed, a template outputs any other format, such as HTML. Both contain the same content, except for the rsb:push, which is useful only in a script to “push out” an RSS item. 2. rsb:call This is the most commonly used RSSBus scripting ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 1:52 PM | Comments (0)

Customize SharePoint RSS Feeds

The default RSS feeds in SharePoint are very basic and I want them to contain more information. I managed this by generating my own RSS feeds. Here is how I did it: First, install the RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. After running the setup, go to the Site Collection Features page to activate the Web Part. In order to create custom RSS feeds, you’ll also need to activate the “RSSBus Service Handler” feature. I created a special document library for my feeds, I called it “Really Simple Services”, since ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:25 PM | Comments (4)

Usenet Newsgroup Browser in SharePoint

I added a little newsgroup browser to my SharePoint site with about a one page RSSBus SharePoint WebPart template. It works by importing the RSSBus NntpOps Connector. It calls its nntpListArticles operation to list the articles of a particular newsgroup and displays them in a table. Then when an article is clicked on, it calls the nntpGetArticle operation to retrieve the actual article – don’t worry – it will only retrieve the first 1000 lines of the article – if the thread is larger than that it ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1:12 PM | Comments (1)

Multi-Source Search in SharePoint

I used the RSSBus WebPart to create a multi-source search in SharePoint – this will let me enter one search term, and see results from a variety of different search services at the same time. The RSSBus WebPart template turned out to be extremely simple, thanks to its built-in feed manipulation capabilities. <div id="search"> <label for="search"><b>Se... <input id="search" type="text" name="search" size="25" value="[[_request.form:search| def('')]]" ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 2:12 PM | Comments (1)

Tweets in SharePoint – Part 3

In part 1, I showed how to add Twitter Search to SharePoint using the RSSBus WebPart. In part 2, I added input properties to the script so that the web part was controlled by the properties in the property editor. Now, I can hook this up with a regular input textbox to let the user drive the search. Now my RSSBus WebPart script looks like this: <rsb:info title="My Custom Search"> <input name="query" description="A default query" default="SharePoint" /> </rsb:info> <div align="center" ......

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:45 PM | Comments (1)

Tweets in SharePoint – Part 2

In an earlier post I showed how I use the RSSBus SharePoint WebPart to show a list of Twitter search results in your SharePoint pages. Now I’ll expand on that a bit to show how to make the WebPart a bit more dynamic. The script of the webpart itself gives a ton of power to the webpart user. As shown before, each tweet can be formatted however you like. But we can do so much more, like specifying webpart input properties. Starting with the same script from last time, here’s how I can make the search ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:33 AM | Comments (1)

Tweets In SharePoint

I saw Michael @Gannotti’s Tweets Wiki and thought it was pretty handy. It made me think of @jazzychad’s TweetGrid and how that would be nice inside SharePoint. So I combined these two into my own little twitter search page in SharePoint, and here’s how: Tools I used: RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. Installed and activated the RSSBus SharePoint WebPart, added the webpart to my SharePoint page. I went to search.twitter.com, and did a search for “PowerShell”. The results page includes the RSS feed for the ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:57 PM | Comments (0)

How RSSBus is useful in PowerShell

PowerShell users are scripters and developers who love productivity tools. That’s why you and I like PowerShell – it gives us so much to help us work more efficiently. RSSBus is another swiss-army knife of technology along this same vein, and is a handy complement to PowerShell. The biggest wins? #1, RSSBus makes it easy to get data. No matter the source of the data (tons of sources are supported already, with many more to come and an open interface so anybody can build more data connectors), with ......

Posted On Friday, April 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Comments (1)

I’ll be a guest on the PowerScripting Podcast

I’ll be a guest on the extremely informative PowerScripting Podcast this Thursday evening (4/2/09). I’ll talk about some of the PowerShell-related products I am working on at /n software like NetCmdlets, RSSBus, PowerShell Server, as well as join in on some general PowerShell geek fun. Also I’ll give a sneak peak of some new freebie PowerShell toys coming out for PowerShell enthusiasts. Join in on the live UStream at 9pm EST Thursday and say “hi” – or download the podcast later from the PowerScripting ......

Posted On Monday, March 30, 2009 12:28 PM | Comments (1)

Twitter Search Web Part for SharePoint

1. I installed and activated the RSSBus Web Part for SharePoint, which allows me as a SharePoint owner or member to create a customized web part from one of dozens of RSSBus connectors or any RSS/Atom feed I like, such as a Twitter Search RSS feed. 2. I added the RSSBus Web Part to my SharePoint page, and edited its content using the Source Editor. I am using the following template to format the results of my search.twitter.com RSS result: <rsb:call op=http://search.twitter.co... ......

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2009 11:00 AM | Comments (1)

SharePoint Admins – You Dont Want to Miss This

The RSSBus SharePoint Web Part might just be the most exciting thing I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while. RSSBus is an amazingly powerful product, but the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part…its just a thing of beauty. What the web part does: it lets you expose data from just about anywhere inside SharePoint. The simplest example is to show an RSS feed like Google News or Yahoo News. I tweeted about that last week. I put together two more simple examples. One is using my Twitter Search RSS ......

Posted On Friday, February 6, 2009 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

The Case For Simple Services

Ralph James put together a video entitled “The Case For Simple Services”: Discover RSSBus Simple Services™. This video explores simple services concepts, and demonstrates how RSSBus can be used to enhance data, application, and service accessibility. RSSBus Simple Services are "simple" because they are called with standard URLs and they return data streams as RSS name-value pairs, HTML pages, and other popular, easy-to-consume formats. They don't require programming, custom clients, SOAP envelopes, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:27 PM | Comments (1)

TwitterMinder

TwitterMinder TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events and automatically submit them to your Twitter account. Extra optional inputs are available, as is the source code if you want to add your own features. Now if my desktop agent (TweetDeck, Twirl, Digsby, etc.) knew how to automatically POST to TwitterMinder every hour, that would be nice. But I subscribed to TwitterMinder in Google Reader (FeedDemon or anything else that can subscribe to rss works too). The coolest thing about ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:20 PM | Comments (0)

RSS feeds for package tracking numbers (FedEx, UPS, USPS)

I published SimpleTracker, is a simple service that will accept a tracking number or package id from major shipping companies (FedEx, USPS, and UPS), and spit out an RSS feed which you can then subscribe to in your favorite feed reader (FeedDemon, Google Reader, Outlook, Bloglines, etc). Oftentimes I’m obsessed with knowing where my packages are and why they aren’t on my doorstep yet. Now I’ll always know, without having to keep visiting the tracking website over and over! :) Technorati Tags: FedEx, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Comments (1)

Building Enterprise Mashups using RSSBus

Microsoft MVP Richard Seroter started a series of posts on building enterprise mashups using RSSBus. Part 1, and Part 2. A few weeks ago our Executive Director / Chief Architect / Technology Overlord recently asked me to build a real, live enterprise mashup application to demonstrate for our IT leadership group. Our goal was to show that RSSBus could be used to quickly and efficiently aggregate data in compelling new ways. In the next few posts, I’m going to walk through our use case, and how I built ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

RSS to iCal Converter

Here is an RSS to iCal converter that I published last week. All it does it take your RSS url, and give you back another one that calls RSSBus, and asks RSSBus to retrieve your URL and convert it to iCAL for you! Recently I came across several RSS feeds of schedules. One was a product release schedule, another a football schedule (go pack!). I was slightly annoyed that RSS was chosen for schedules since no feed readers really know how to handle a future pubDate, but I quickly realized it would be ......

Posted On Monday, September 8, 2008 10:32 AM | Comments (6)

TwitterMinder and Flickr->Twitter scripts

If you’re an RSSBus user who is using my Google Calendar –> Twitter or Flickr –> Twitter services, you might notice a minor change to both. I changed Twitterminder so that tweets resulting from Google Calendar entries are prepended with “GCal: “. I did the same thing with the Flickr->Twitter script, it will now prepend “Flickr: “. Related: How to call these services from your own applications. Related: How I converted TwitterMinder into Flickr->Twitter by changing 4 lines of code ......

Posted On Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Comments (0)

High level nerdiness

If you’re reading this (and you’re not just one of my friends or acquaintances who is stalking me), you know you’ve done it. Yep, you know you have. You’ve spoken to someone or written to someone in various computer languages. It just happened here at /n software in an IM conversation between two of my co-workers, James and Tom. James is trying to get a group of people together to see the Pink Floyd Experience. James IM’d Tom in RSBScript (For you nerds that don’t know, RSBScript is an xml-based ......

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2008 5:25 PM | Comments (2)

Remixing data from Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Right after Google Spreadsheets came out, I got a ton of downloads from a little class library I wrote for interacting with it over HTTP. Problem is, Google didn't provide a true API - the solution was to use HTTP to manually perform the gets and posts required to manage each spreadsheet. Now its much easier thanks to RSSBus! Here is a sample Google spreadsheet, it looks like this: A B C D 1 Name Hours Items IPM 2 Bingley 10 2 0.0033 3 Captain Carter 200 75360 6.28 4 Dawson 200 100000 8.3333 5 Colonel ......

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:34 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus: Simple Ways to Connect Data

I just uploaded a new YouTube video for RSSBus. Some of it is hard to see, but soon it will be published at rssbus.com as a high quality flash video. RSSBus can be used to securely serve custom feeds over the Internet or on the local host. This video shows examples of very basic feeds that can be created with RSSBus with just a few mouse clicks, and more complex piped feeds. Near the end, the video shows some ways in which RSSBus can be integrated into real world solutions. Obviously, RSSBus can ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 2:57 PM | Comments (0)

BizTalk RSS Feeds

Richard Seroter has posted an update on his BizTalk RSS feed generation using RSSBus. He's using RSSBus to generate perf metrics feeds for his BizTalk applications. In this post, Richard talks about how he uses the RSSBus caching features to avoid the extra load on his BizTalk databases, and shows how he's integrated the resulting feed into a web part. BiztalkOps - more infoSqlOps - more info Technorati Tags: BizTalk, RSSBus, RSS ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

Generate an RSS feed of Outlook Calendar Entries

Recently I was asked how one could get an RSS feed of appointments from their Outlook Calendar. Having posted previously about Google Calendar RSSBus feeds before, I thought this would be a good topic for a blog post. There is an OutlookOps connector for RSSBus, and one of the operations it contains is for listing appointments, which is useful in the free Desktop version of RSSBus. I can include a call to this operation, along with a call to the feedSearch operation, to create a sorted feed of Outlook ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

Tag Unions

Jon Udell is asking for a service to deliver a feed containing the union of tagged items from various services. I've been doing this for a while (though not for astronomy) using RSSBus. Here's my script: <rsb:set attr="feed#1" value="http://del.icio.us/r... /><rsb:set attr="feed#2" value="http://feeds.technor... /><rsb:set attr="feed#3" value="http://api.flickr.co... /><rsb:set ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2007 3:25 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus and Atom

Sam Ruby pointed out some of the changes that would be required for Feed Validator to support the new RSS Profile. The RSS Profile is the result of checking popular feed reader capabilities in order to put together a "best practices" document for feed publishers. I haven't gotten to read through the entire profile yet, but here are some interesting things I noticed while reading through Sam's validator changes: Encoding - the profile says to use hexadecimal entity encoding (ie, &#x26; instead ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:27 PM | Comments (0)

BizTalk RSS Feeds

A couple months ago Richard Seroter posted about how he created RSS feeds for BizTalk metrics - traffic by application and suspended messages by application. Now with the latest release of RSSBus (RC1) - a new connector, BizTalkOps, is available. BizTalkOps includes operations that generate the following feeds: biztalkAllServiceInstances Return the list of all service instances, independent on their state. biztalkApplications List all BizTalk applications and their status biztalkApplicationStatus ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:20 PM | Comments (0)

Synching My Blog with Twitter

Continuing on with RSSBus scripts showing how to pipe Google Calendar to Twitter and Flickr to Twitter, here's my last Twitter RSBScript. Here's a script to pipe any existing RSS feed to Twitter. I wanted to sync my blog with my twitter, so now everytime I post a new blog entry, it will be added to my Twitter status. Here's the url: http://www.textbox1.com/app... blog_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds... &twitter_password=mypas... &twitter_user=mytwitter... ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 3:19 PM | Comments (0)

Flickr -> Twitter

To illustrate what I mentioned in the previous post about how swapping out one connector for another to achieve a completely different task would be very simple - I did just that. I noticed that Dave Winer has been working on some sort of Flickr->Twitter app. I changed about 4 lines of code in the Gcal_to_Twitter RSBScript to make it into Flickr_to_Twitter. In the updated script, all I did was change the call to gcalSearch to a call to the atom feed of my Flickr photos. Then I do a quick check ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 4:52 PM | Comments (1)

TwitterMinder - Google Calendar to Twitter

UPDATE: For full TwitterMinder documentation, see this TwitterMinder article. In my last two posts I mentioned my recent introduction to Twitter (after having watched so many people blab about it for the past few months). So today I went ahead and published my Google Calendar to Twitter RSBScript, and gave it the name TwitterMinder: TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events that are occuring in the next hour, and if it finds any, they will be automatically submitted to your Twitter ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 12:38 PM | Comments (9)

Google Calendar to Twitter

A few months ago, Charlie pointed out how it might be useful to have a script that would automatically post Google Calendar events on Twitter. Then he found someone that had already done it. Well, at the time I filed a note to do this with RSSBus - but then I got busy and never got to it - until today! :) Let me say that I did the RSSBus script first, and then I looked at how the other guy did it (he used a 200 line php script + Yahoo Pipes). Here's my roughly 20 line RSB script (using the RSSBus ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 4:26 PM | Comments (2)

Twittering around

If you are using Twitter, let me know so I can follow you. Yep, I'm on Twitter now, finally. I decided to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla is about. Is it really that great? We'll see. While I'm checking it out - I decided to look at its API and look into whether or not I should throw together a Twitter connector for RSSBus. The API is very compact - simple and to the point. All simple HTTP get and put. All of the API methods return data in several formats - it looks like all of the gets ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:27 PM | Comments (0)

SQL Server to Excel

With RSSBus, right out of the box you can run a SQL query on an Excel sheet using the excelQuery operation. If you create a little RSSBus script, you can also perform queries on SQL Server, Access, or other database sources and pipe the results into Excel: <!--hard-code some inputs to sqlQuery: --><rsb:set item="myinput" attr="query" value="SELECT TOP 20 * FROM Customers" /><rsb:set item="myinput" attr="conn" value="Data Source=localhost\\SQLEXPRES... Catalog=Northwind;" /> ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 7, 2007 4:47 PM | Comments (0)

RSS data feeds - RSS is not just for blogs

Randy Charles Morin doesn't know why anyone would want to use RSS to transmit OFX data. I find his confusion odd: ... why do you need RSS as an envelop for financial data in the first place. We have OFX, which predates RSS and works just fine. RSS can't be expected to do everything. Not that it can't. You can also use RSS as an envelope for OFX, but why not just use OFX? I don't expect my dishwasher to do the laundry, even if it can. RSS can be expected to do what it is best at - syndicating data ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:52 PM | Comments (2)

Secure, Personal RSS Feeds

I was reading an old post on Scott Hanselman's blog about accessing private feeds via RSS. The discussion turned toward comparing RSS reader requests to OFX requests that applications like Microsoft Money make to banks. A comment from "Jordan": No CTO wants to have his face on the cover of the Wall Street Journal because his site provided an RSS feed to Bloglines and Bloglines has a security breach that exposes all that information. I have several private RSS feeds that I would not trust a third ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:32 PM | Comments (0)

Google Mashup Editor and RSSBus

If you can't get an account for Google Mashup Editor, take the tour. Neat, huh? Then download RSSBus! If you do have GME, use RSSBus to generate feeds that you can use inside GME. Have some data that you'd like to quickly expose in an RSS or atom feed? RSSBus. Tags: google mashup editor, mashup, mashup blog, rssbus, rss ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:17 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus as a mashup tool

Raymond Yee wants to know how well RSSBus works as a mashup tool. While its true that RSSBus offers a lot of connectors that make it easy to mashup data coming from sources like Flickr, Amazon, and pre-existing RSS feeds - its also important to know that RSSBus is not only valuable as a mashup creation tool. One of its biggest uses is on the flip side of the coin - helping sources expose data in the first place. Without companies like Flickr and Amazon exposing their data in structured formats like ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 10:00 AM | Comments (0)

Links 5/16/2007

Mashed up data - comments on some available tools for working with data. Working with data - How the Encylcopedia of Life and other data-rich organizations can benefit from a data tool like RSSBus. Enterprise RSS - Read/Write web highlights three players in the Enterprise RSS space. Note: Newsgator has partnered with RSSBus in order to help its customers "RSSify" corporate data ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 16, 2007 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

Flickr Contacts' Favorites - Simplified

Here's an example of creating a feed of your Flickr contacts' favorite photos using RSSBus, which makes complex feed parsing/manipulation tasks easy. In my next post after this one I'll talk about how you can use RSSBus caching so that you can control which items are returned in the actual feed (for those with large numbers of contacts or favorited photos). For example, if this feed results in 400 photos for you, successive requests for the feed will not continue to return 400 photos - but only the ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2007 12:08 PM | Comments (3)

Rss feeds for tags at Amazon.com

Ian McAllister announced new support for RSS feeds for tags at Amazon.com. These feeds will be fun to play with in RSSBus. It would be interesting to take the AmzWishlist widget that I created with RSSBus and create an RSS feed that will show me items on Amazon.com that are tagged with the same terms as items I already have in my wishlist. Hmm.... I noticed that a commenter to Ian's post mentioned that he couldn't wait for RSS feeds for generic Amazon searches. Of course such feeds already exist ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 4:40 PM | Comments (0)

Excel's external data capabilities (web query files)

Here is an example of a dynamic Excel spreadsheet that populates itself with data from an RSS feed of stock quote details. Each time you open the document, it will automatically reload the data from the feed. Also the feed, while open, will even auto-refresh periodically (whether or not this happens and the interval at which it happens are all configurable inside Excel). The stock quote feed itself is generated using the RSSBus yahooStockQuotes operation (pictured below) which consumes a Yahoo service. ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 2:05 PM | Comments (0)

IT Conversations: Really Simple Services

In the latest installation of Jon Udell's "Interviews With Innovators" series at IT Conversations, Jon speaks with Gent Hito, the CEO of /n software about RSSBus. A couple of highlights I picked out: The RSS in RSSBus: Many people have asked us, "why RSS"? Our reply is that the format doesn't matter. Whether it be RSS, Atom, JSON, or an Excel spreadsheet - its about the data - just name value pairs. The RSS in RSSBus is "Really Simple Services". By default these really simple services happen to be ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 1:10 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus: Why RSS?

Many times via email, and then several times at the recent Web 2.0 Expo, people have asked me: "Ok, I see what you're doing with RSSBus - but why RSS? Why not Atom or some other format?" My answer is that its not about RSS. Its about the data. The RSS feeds are just a collection of name/value pairs, so it doesn't matter if those name/value pairs are pushed out as RSS, Atom, JSON, or even HTML for that matter. In fact with RSSBus you can push out your data in any format - RSS is just the default. ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 2:33 PM

What can orange do for you?

Lisa brought up an interesting point about RSSBus - some people are confused about what it does. Thats because it does SO MUCH. I have some 'splaining to do. RSSBus gives you the ability to access all of your data sources in the same way and in the same format. The beautiful thing about this is that it opens up so many options for what you can do with the data in a small amount of time. I like to say that RSSBus is three things: It's a feed generator. RSSBus gives its users the ability to create ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 2:20 PM | Comments (1)

Smoking swag in Cali

So we're back from the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Here is my favorite photo from the trip, a view of the Golden Gate and the skyline. After the show was over we had some time before the flight home, so we took a little trip over to the Golden Gate, then back south to Santa Cruz and back up through the valley. We also took a cool catamaran cruise through the bay around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate, but I didn't have my camera with me which is a shame. Swag vs Schwag The show was great, lots ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 2:17 PM | Comments (2)

Tip: How to Deploy RSSBus Feeds on Shared Hosting Servers

There are two ways to deploye feeds created with RSSBus to shared hosting web servers, both of which I will describe below. If you need more details on either of these please do not hesitate to contact me. To publish a live, dynamic feed:- In order to do this you'll need to make sure the file extensions .rsb and .rst are mapped to ASP.NET. If not, just ask your hosting company and they should be able to do this for you very quickly without any fuss.- Copy the .rsb and/or .rst file(s) to your host. ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

"You can connect all sorts of data and systems together using RSS"

I'm sitting here in Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Expo presentation entitled "What is Web 2.0: The Rules for Creating Successful Online Products in the 21st Century". He just said "We spend hundreds of billions on connecting systems together... You can connect all sorts of other data and systems together using RSS." And RSS doesn't cost billions. There's some simple math for ya. Then he mentioned that one of his clients told him to take all the SOAP stuff out, and take the REST stuff out too. "We want ......

Posted On Sunday, April 15, 2007 6:39 PM | Comments (0)

Youtube Video: RSS Beyond Blogging

Today at ETech, Amit Sharma (one of the smartest guys at /n software) did a short presentation about RSSBus called "RSS Beyond Blogging: Connecting Applications with Feeds". The presentation went very well, and below is the YouTube version of the video that Amit started the presentation with. We worked on this video together using Camtasia Studio, and although it was an interesting and sometimes frustrating process working with Camtasia Studio, the final product looks great. Its hard to tell in this ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:18 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus new beta - rsb:pipe

A minor beta update has been announced on the RSSBus blog (read about it here). Last summer I talked about how RSSBus gives you the ability to pipe together feeds and items from feeds. One of the really cool features of this new beta update is a new RSSBus script keyword: <rsb:pipe>. This new keyword simplifies the piping of feeds. I no longer have to use nested <rsb:call>'s, instead I can just put a series of calls inside the pipe and they are automatically connected and what comes out ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 4:11 PM | Comments (0)

How to fix Technorati, CoComment, Twitter, and on and on...

Andy Beard, on his blog with more eye-cringing flair than any I've seen in recent memory, touches on a very important subject: "Technorati simply can't cope with new forms of blogging and RSS feed generation." This is only going to get worse for Technorati and many other services that use (not just track) RSS feeds. But I don't think the question is "how to fix Technorati?", as Andy suggests. I think the question is how to fix Technorati AND CoComment, Twitter, and the like. Fortunately the answer ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 2:46 PM | Comments (1)

Combine multiple feeds with RSSBus

Here's an RSSBus script that will create an RSS feed that is a combination of two feeds: <rsb:call op="http://api.flickr.com/s... <rsb:push title="Flickr Gnarley Trees: [title]" /></rsb:call> <rsb:call op="http://api.flickr.com/s... <rsb:push title="Flickr Flowers: [title]" /></rsb:call> In this example I don't just combine the feeds, but ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 1:28 PM | Comments (1)

Feeds with parameters and metadata

Dave Winer echoes my complaint about Yahoo Pipes: in Pipes, there's no way to tell if items in two feeds are talking about the same thing. The best you can hope for is keyword serendipity, which all the demos so far do, and those make for unsatisfying demos, because you know you couldn't deploy a useful app out of the concepts they illustrate. Then he goes on to unknowingly describe RSSBus: Now it's possible that a company like Yahoo, with its diverse flows of information, and nearly universal support ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:27 PM | Comments (0)

RSS emitting API

Jeremy Zawodny wants to see RSS-emitting APIs for every widget out there. Ding! That's how my AmzWish widget (you can see an example on my blog or on the AmzWish generator page) was created: simply making calls to AmazonOps exposed by RSSBus (which outputs RSS feeds). Basically AmzWish is just some html mixed in with an RSS feed. You can make your own or view the source here. The same thing could easily be done for Yahoo! Shopping - maybe I should put together some operations for the RSSBus yahooOps ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 2:02 PM | Comments (0)

Slicing and Dicing web data

Yesterday Jon Udell wrote about slicing and dicing, and then rewiring the web. Reusing websites as data sources is great - and Yahoo Pipes provides several such "sources" in Yahoo Search, Yahoo Local, Flickr, Google Base, and the basic URL Fetch. All these are great and provide interconnectivity and the ability to slice and dice certain parts of the web. But why stop there? The beauty of this annotating, slicing, and dicing, is in the reusability of this data - not just for reading blogs - but for ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

Connecting sources of data, online or off

This post by Jeff Barr gives some interesting examples of things people might want to do with their data, and more specifically connecting their data to and from multiple sources. The kind of things Jeff mentions can be attained using RSSBus. It all boils down to flexibility, and how someday we should be able to take such flexibility for granted. One of the examples Jeff gives is locating the Amazon wishlist of his top email correspondents, which is actually quite easily done with RSSBus. RSSBus ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

Using AmzWish on Geekswithblogs.net

Visit the AmzWish home. Find your Amazon Wishlist Id, and paste it in the "My Wishlist Id" textbox on the AmzWish home page. Click the Generate HTML button and copy the selected code. Login to your GeeksWithBlogs admin page, and go to Options->Configure. Paste the html into the "Static News/Announcement" box. Secret tips for geeks with blogs and Amazon Associates accounts: In the generated HTML, you'll find a link to http://www.textbox1.com/app... By default, it contains ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 3:00 PM | Comments (1)

AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the Week

For the last few weeks, AmzWish (digg it), my little widget that displays your Amazon wishlist and lets people buy things for you while letting you make money from their purchases at the same time, has been one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. Now, AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the week! Thanks to Amazon ECS and RSSBus, AmzWish was created in just a few minutes by doing nothing by combining a few RSSBus calls to RSSBus' AmazonOps with simple HTML. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 12:31 PM | Comments (1)

AmzWish featured at Widgetbox

AmzWish is currently one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. AmzWish is a widget (developed with RSSBus) that displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:18 AM | Comments (0)

Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code

Update: I changed the feed to default to partial length, only the first 1000 characters of the article body. To change it to get the full body, add another querystring parameter named full with value true, ie: http://www.textbox1.com/exa... Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code. Thats pretty impressive, really. How? With RSSBus and a little script that calls RSSBus NntpOps. Here's ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 5:08 PM | Comments (0)

AmzWish updated for Amazon.ca, .co.uk, .fr, .de.

I added support for users outside the US to use the Amazon Wishlist widget. Now all my Canadian friends can use it too (not to mention UK, Fr, etc). :) Current parameter list: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults to 4). associatesid - An Amazon Associates Id to use, so that you can get paid when people buy things from the widget (optional). sorttype - For now there are only two accepted ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 4:05 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus SLE feed example: stock quotes

As it turns out, a lot of the operations provided by RSSBus work great as lists using Microsoft's Simple List Extensions (see previous post if you aren't familiar with SLE). As an example, consider the yahooStockQuotes operation. If you only wanted to be able to track the latest quote of your favorite stock(s), a list would work perfectly. No need to store historical items about previous quotes in your feed reader. If your reader is smart enough to analyze historical data and give you charts and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:40 PM | Comments (3)

RSSBus and Simple List Extensions

One of the changes in beta 3 of RSSBus is that by default all feeds produced use Microsoft's Simple List Extensions. For anyone who's not familiar with SLE, the cool thing about it is that it can tell the feed reader to treat an RSS feed as a LIST rather than a regular feed. One effect of this in your feed reader is that when you subscribe to a LIST, the reader knows that it shouldn't accumulate all of the items in the RSS feed forever. Instead, it will only maintain whatever is provided in the current ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:22 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus Beta 3 Available

The new beta 3 of RSSBus was announced last week: "We have spent the past couple of months hardening the RSSBus Engine and preparing it for production. You will notice significant performance improvements, better error handling, better integration with ASP.NET, and a better security infrastructure." Read the full announcement. Technorati : feeds, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 12:09 PM | Comments (0)

Amazon wishlist widget

AmzWish was posted on programmableweb last week as one of the best new mashups. Technorati : amazon, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

Need an RSS feed? Don't want to have to write code?

Bob Walsh over at My Micro-ISV invited me to make a guest post about RSSBus and how you can use it to generate RSS feeds without having to write any code. Check it out! Technorati : feeds, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:17 AM | Comments (0)

AmzWish widget parameters

The Amazon Wishlist widget that I created last week is now at Widgetbox, a widget directory. Their site is quite nice. It allows users to browse widgets and use them in their webpages. For developers, Widgetbox provides a nice interface for submitting your own widget. When I put AmzWish on Widgetbox I exposed some querystring parameters for it: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults ......

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 12:38 PM | Comments (0)

Generating KML with RSSBus

RSSBus is good for more than just generating RSS feeds or helping you easily create an API for your data or services. Its also useful in easily outputting other formats as well, such as KML (an XML format for Google Earth). For example, recently Tim posted an example of using XmlTextWriter to generate KML. For most of ius, its not rocket science, but compare his code and the ease of writing it with how it can be done with RSSBus. With RSSBus you can just literally write the XML and plug-in the values ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 9:23 AM | Comments (1)

Amazon Wishlist Widget

My Amazon Wishlist widget, AmzWish, displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. You can see AmzWish in action in the left-hand column of this blog, as well as in the right-hand column at the AmzWish home at textbox1.com.In order to use this widget you'll first want to determine the list id of the list you want to use and then generate the code to paste into your web page. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:49 AM | Comments (0)

Top 10 most useful extensions to use in syndication feeds

In August, the Google Reader Blog posted a list of the most commonly used extensions in feeds. Here is my list of the top 10 most useful extensions for syndication: 10. iTunes This one really shouldn't even be on this list, but I include it because it did make a big splash when it was released. It also generated a lot of frustration and anger amoung podcast producers. The iTunes namespace extension was created to allow podcast feed producers to integrate their feeds with Apple's iTunes music player. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:26 PM | Comments (0)

Feeds are APIs

Nick Bradbury, in his post Feed My Attention, says he views feeds as an "alert system" and that we should demand more feeds from the services we use. Nick is trying to make the point that feeds are for more than just blog reading, but he fails to make this point fully because he is restricting his ideas to typical feed reading applications like his own FeedDemon. Not only are feeds for more than just blog reading, but they're for more than just the simple "retrieve and display" feed readers of today ......

Posted On Monday, September 25, 2006 9:10 AM | Comments (0)

Data feeds: Beyond blogging

Niall Kennedy wants to talk about data that can be delivered over syndication standards like RSS and Atom. His point is that feeds are not just for blogs. Niall points out a few examples of "data feeds" offered by Gmail, Netflix, and the US Geological Survey. I use the Netflix New Releases feed (although they offer many feeds, this is the only one I have subscribed to) in my own feedreader. The problem with the Netflix feeds is the same as the problem with other feeds that I've mentioned recently: ......

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 2:25 PM | Comments (0)

FeedMapper

Another example of creating a mashup with RSSBus with just a little bit of code: FeedMapper. Lots of services let you plot individual items on maps. Some even let you plot multiple items on maps. But I don't know of any that let you plot any feed (with georss data, that is) on a map. Taking advantage of feeds with georss data in them, FeedMapper will plot events contained within the feed on a Virtual Earth, Google Earth, or Yahoo map (Yahoo mapping only works in Firefox). Update: Where's Tim lets ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 9:47 AM | Comments (0)

Easy API creation

There is all kinda of data that I wish were made available through some API, such as the congressional voting data that I mentioned previously. There are lots of businesses and organizations that have data, but not necessarily the resources to create an API. This is another great use of RSSBus. You can create RSSBus scripts that can take advantage of things like SqlOps and OracleOps, ExcelOps, CcOps, QbOps, FileOps, S3Ops, etc. Through these scripts you can expose an API for your data that is stored ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 7:18 AM | Comments (0)

8 mashup creation tools

Dion Hinchcliffe, who blogs about "Enterprise Web 2.0", described a set of 8 interesting and promising mashup tools. Included amoung them is RSSBus. Maybe the US Senate and House will take advantage of one of these (yeah, right, like they would do something for the people). Technorati : atom, mashup, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 5, 2006 7:28 AM | Comments (0)

Salesforce to Google, Google to Salesforce

The GoogleToSalesforce and SalesforceToGoogle RSSBus scripts can now be downloaded from the RSSBus blog. Note that Salesforce.com limits access to their API to Enterprise Edition or Unlimited Edition customers only. Yes, you can access it with a Developer Edition account as well, but of course with that you can only have a small number of users and a small amount of storage. Technorati : atom, google calendar, rss, rssbus, salesforce.com ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

Why should apps take advantage of syndication extensions?

I made some comments about how Feed Crier should understand syndication extensions. In that post, Adam Kalsey (doesn't he kinda look like a younger version of John Travolta in that photo on his blog?) was kind enough to comment: > Maybe Adam Kalsey will make Feed Crier understand>some of the common syndication extensionsPerhaps, but I'm not convinced of their value to Feed Crier. Right now I'm just >trying to make it the best way to get instant update notifications. As I watch how it's used, ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 12:19 PM | Comments (0)

Upcoming.org RSSBus Ops

As I've mentioned a couple times in the past, Upcoming.org already provides a useful set of RSS feeds. On top of this, they also have a great REST API. Here's a list of "cool third-party applications" that use the Upcoming.org api. Their RSS feeds are useful only if I know the metro code. For Raleigh, NC it is 99. So the full feed URL is http://upcoming.org/syndica... It would be nice if I could easily piece together this URL without knowing anything other than my state and city, ie: ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 3:39 PM | Comments (0)

Google Calendar to SalesForce Event

Charlie Wood has been working on synching his Google calendar data with his SalesForce.com account. This is an interesting project. Despite its early age, I thought this a good test for RSSBus. I decided to start with moving Google Calendar events to my SalesForce.com account. First, RSSBus already has a set of GoogleOps, including a googleCalendarSearch operation that lets me get the details of calendar events in my Google account. The next step: adding events to SalesForce.com. The currently shipping ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:39 PM | Comments (2)

Where are Tim, Jeff, John, and Joseph?

Jeff, John, Joseph, and Tim are going to South Carolina Code Camp 2.0. No word on whether Waldo is going or not. These guys want to do something nerdy along the way. Great idea, and I'm always up for nerdy games. :) We can easily create one RSS feed that shows their real-time location (using Where's Tim), the weather they are experiencing (yahoo weather), local events happening in the area that day (upcoming.org), and area restaurants in case they are hungry (yahooLocal). I don't know anything about ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

Tim called me a bad word

Tim thinks I might be an RSSBus whore. :) It would have been much better if Time (as in the magazine) called me a whore though, then I would get a lot more exposure. Of course, I don't really need it since I'm on the A-list now. If you haven't checked out Where's Tim, you should. Its really cool and you can get real time track your whereabouts. Truth is, I don't care what you call me, as long as you call me. Wait...that really does make more a whore doesn't it? Oopsey. But no, whore is not the right ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 1:16 PM | Comments (1)

New service: receive feed alerts in your IM client

I've seen several people (Michael Arrington, Jeff Barr's links, Postbubble) talking about Feed Crier, a new service that lets you receive alerts in your IM client for when your favorite RSS feeds (craigslist, news, blogs) are updated. I'm surprised by this, because this is not some new mind blowing technology. But ok. I think this service is fine and dandy. Do I see someone using it to be alerted to Sam Ruby's latest Atom comments? Nope. No offense, Sam - I wouldn't use this to subscribe to alerts ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 12:06 PM | Comments (4)

News feeds vs Data feeds (and Yahoo)

Some feeds have no use, at least for the majority of us, outside of a regular feed reader like Bloglines or FeedDemon. I call these "news feeds" whether they are feeds of world news from CNN.com or Shelley Powers' personal blog postings. Perhaps "news feeds" is not the best name and I should change this habit. Now that I'm an a-lister I should be more precise, maybe. ;) I don't like to just use the word "feeds" to describe them all, because I think feeds that have more granular data in them need ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:29 AM | Comments (2)

BlockRocker and geotagging

Scoble is pointing to Rod Edwards' BlockRocker. It sounds interesting. Scoble didn't give it much of a detailed description, but it looks like BlockRocker lets you point to a Google map and then helps you geocode Flickr photos, blog posts, delicious bookmarks, and YouTube videos. I would look more, but I keep getting errors in Firefox. I'll check back later with IE7. On the subject of geotagging, with a couple dozen lines of RSSBus script I've created a little web app that will pin-point geocoded ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 2:23 PM | Comments (0)

Output any feed as JSON

In my last post, I explained how RSSBus can be instructed to output JSON instead of RSS items. This means that RSSBus can be used to output ANY feeds items in JSON, simply by creating a 3 line RSSBus Script that calls the target feed. As an example, here's how I can get the latest digg.com technology topics in JSON: 1. Create a new RSSBus Script that looks like so: <rsb:call op="http://digg.com/rss/con... <rsb:push /> <rsb:call> 2. Hit the url http://localhost:1110/digg.... ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

RSSBus JSON output

Drew McLellan says that all web services and API's need to offer JSON output: “if you want people to hack on your APIs, roll out JSON support“. Several people made this same kind of comment in some of the feedback for the first beta of RSSBus. Then, during the first beta, if I wanted to get a feed of MSFT and BORL stock quotes using the yahooStockQuotes operation that comes with RSSBus, I could call: http://server:1110/admin/ca... Now, during the ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 10:01 AM | Comments (0)

RSSBus and remote access

There are several things to consider when attempting to access RSSBus: 1. Operations are never directly accessible from outside of localhost. The only way to expose them to the outside is to create a script or template which makes calls to them. 2. Scripts and templates are not accessible from outside of localhost by default. In order to expose them you must use the rsb:allow keyword. For example: <!-- the following allows a particular user. --><rsb:allow host="*" passwd="changeme" user="joe" ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 8:40 AM | Comments (0)

RSSBus beta 2 released

RSSBus beta 2 was announced this week. If you are interested in RSS, and leveraging RSS to create your own feeds - you have got to check this out. Download here. Creating feeds is just scratching the surface of what RSSBus can do. IMO, the coolest thing is mixing and pipelining feeds and operations, and then pushing item data out as a new feed or in any other format like HTML, iCal, text, etc. I personally suggest checking out the script and template demos that come installed with RSSBus first - ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 7:17 AM | Comments (0)

"Enterprise mashup maker"

Sam Ruby points to this demonstration of "situational mashups" using IBM's DB2 v9. DB2 v9, aka "Viper", supports XPath and XQuery, and even Atom syndication. Interesting to watch, because the demonstration is done in QEDWiki, which the speaker calls an "enterprise mashup maker". This is similar to RSSBus, in that you can easily wire together feeds and data to create customized views of data. I like the modularity of RSSBus, in that there is no end to the potential number of operations available to ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

RSS pubDates in the future

Dave Winer points out why RSS dates in the future are possible. Does the pubDate always have to refer to the moment that a particular item was added to the feed? Consider that the pubDate in an RSS feed could represent the time that such an item becomes important? Items in a feed don't have to be news stories or blog entries - consider a feed in which the items are television episodes that will be on television tonight. The pubDate might make more sense as the date and time that the show will air. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 3:10 PM | Comments (0)

Mapping mashups easy?

John Musser at Programmable Web linked to Phil Wainewright's post "Google Maps, the fool's gold of mashups". Phil says that mapping mashups which are built on such easily-defined descriptors (like longitude and latitude) hide the true difficulty of creating real-world mashups. This is one of the great values of RSSBus - being able to take data from a wide variety of sources and expose it as a feed, then being able to "compute" with those feeds to mesh, manipulate or route data. Technorati tags: maps ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 7:48 AM | Comments (0)

Feeds with rich data

DeWitt Clinton of A9 has been talking about RSS vs Atom, and is recommending that developers use Atom. Robert Scoble responded by asking "where's the Atom publishing tool and aggregator that demonstrates Atom's superiority?" Dewitt is calling for these apps: "We should start embedding addresses, calendars, products, and contact information in our syndicated feeds. And we should start expecting our feed reader applications to notice this rich data and automatically open address books and maps and ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

RSSBus Template to output Virtual Earth Maps

I've mentioned before how you can generate Google Earth KML using RSSBus. The current beta of RSSBus already comes with a yahooMaps operation that will generate an RSS feed that contains a Yahoo Map of a particular location. Virtual Earth, you say? The LoadMap function of Virtual Earth takes a latitude and longitude coordinate as input, so here is some RSSBus Template code that will call the RSSBus yahooGeocode operation and use its lat/long output to generate a Virtual Earth map. The first step ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:52 PM | Comments (0)

Where's Tim's Lunch?

In my last post I showed how I can create an RSSBus template to take the Where's Tim RSS feed and output it as a Google Earth KML format. This time I'll create an RSSBus script to take Tim's most recent location and output an RSS feed of pizza restaurants that he might eat lunch at today. I'll do this by “pipelining“ together Tim's feed with another restaurant feed. What's the difference in an RSSBus script and an RSSBus template? Not much. A script outputs an RSS feed, and a template outputs any ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:19 AM | Comments (0)

Where's Tim RSSBus Template

Tim Hibbard has added GeoRSS to his Where's Tim location feed (by the way, you can get your own location feed through Where's Tim On Demand). I've talked about how RSSBus can be used to work with feeds and generate new output based on them. Here's a simplistic but neat example: I took Tim's location feed and called it from an RSSBus template. Inside the template I split out KML (Google Earth's XML format) that draws a path showing Tim's path throughout the day. Here's what the KML looks like in Google ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:50 AM | Comments (1)

GeoRSS - location encoding in RSS feeds

Unfortunately I'm not at Where 2.0 (wish I was), but O'Reilly Radar reports that Mikel Maron revived the RSS as the “Unix pipe of the Internet” analogy today while talking about GeoRSS, a standardized way for encoding location in ATOM/RSS feeds. Mikel's own mapufacture aggregates multiple GeoRSS feeds into a single map. Recently I spent some time playing with the RSSBus YahooOps, which contains geocoding and yahoo mapping feed generation capabilities. I used these operations to generate ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:25 AM | Comments (1)

The "Unix pipe of the Internet"

In an interview with ACM Queue last year, Ray Ozzie called RSS "the Unix pipe of the Internet": "RSS is an extremely important standard. It’s the HTML of the next generation of the Web, or some people might refer to it as the Unix pipe of the Internet. It’s a way of channeling data from one application to another in very interesting and robust fashion. Again, I think it’s important as a technique far beyond just collaborative software." Again on his blog and at the E-Tech conference Ray hits on this ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:20 AM | Comments (0)

"The most elegant RSS service I’ve seen so far"

Hendry Lee calls RSSBus "the most elegant RSS service I’ve seen so far". While its true that RSSBus is currently available for Windows only, we will have a Java version available in the future. How about a chart to describe how the concept works for less tech-savvy viewers? I hear ya, that's good advice and something that we will definitely do. Until recently our focus was mostly to reach and get feedback from techies and alpha-geeks. Now we have gotten a lot of useful feedback, made some positive ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

100+ MORE ways to use RSS

Mike Gunderloy points to arc90's 25 New Ways to use RSS. Here are over 120 more ways to use RSS - all exposed as RSSBus operations: AmazonOps: feeds that provide access to Amazon services. AsteriskOps: feeds of voicemail, call connection. CcOps: feeds for credit card authorization, validation, refunding, voiding. EbayOps: feeds that provide access to EBay services. ExcelOps: feeds for retrieving information from Excel spreadsheets FedexOps: feeds for FedEx shipping, rate queries, and tracking. FeedOps: ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

Google Spreadsheets API: Library and Demo

Ready for some feedback. Download the library and let me know what you think. There is a csharp winforms demo included that shows how to use the GSheet class that is contained in the dll. Contents of the zip: csharpDemo - Folder containing the csharp source code of the demo GoogleSpreadsheetsAPI.dll - Library containing the GSheet class. nsoftware.IPWorksSSL.dll - IP*Works! SSL library for communications code Update: Download it here, source included. Update 2: The library is no longer available. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 2:14 PM | Comments (22)

Google Spreadsheets API

Lots of people are talking about Google Spreadsheets. Yesterday I wrote some c# code to enable me to access my Spreadsheets account from my .net applications: a Google Spreadsheets API. So far I can authenticate, list all my existing spreadsheets, create a new spreadsheet, edit individual cells, delete a spreadsheet, rename a spreadsheet, import from a local XLS file, and export to a local XLS or CSV file. I will post some code later today. properties: string Email string Password string CurrentSheetKey ......

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 7:05 AM | Comments (4)

RSS subscription to my bank statement

I am subscribed to my bank statement in FeedDemon. Everytime there is a new transaction posted to my account - I get a nice new item in FeedDemon. No, my bank doesn't offer such an RSS feed (wish they did offer an authenticated feed though, it might cut down on phishing emails too). Instead I use RSSBus which is running locally on my desktop. RSSBus comes installed with a set of Open Financial Exchange (OFX) operations, which give me information about my bank or credit card statement. So with one ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 12:19 PM | Comments (2)

RSSBus: visualize the multi-search

Yesterday I talked about using RSSBus script to easily combine multiple feeds into one. The result of the script was a single RSS feed. RSSBus also has the ability to let me easily expose the data contained in this feed in other formats, such as plain text, HTML, ATOM, etc. We do this through RSBTemplates, which are nothing more than script (such as that in the post from yesterday) intermixed with non-script (like plain text, HTML, etc). As an example, I will build on yesterdays script. I'll start ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 16, 2006 1:54 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus: A script to search 7 sources at once.

I've been using Chris Pirillo's gada.be search service a good bit since it first game out. Its really cool. While it has more to offer than just the multi-source search, I realized that the multi-source search would be really easy to implement with RSSBus. RSSBus, after all, does give me the ability to easily mesh together and manipulate feeds. One of the service operation libraries that comes with RSSBus is called FeedOps, and one of the operations it contains is called FeedUnion. The FeedUnion ......

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 8:27 AM | Comments (2)

RSSBus Screencasts

Admin Interface - Learn about the RSSBus Admin Console, how it can be used to browse and run operations and build scripts and templates.

Building Your Own RSSBus Operations - Find out how easy it is to build your own custom RSSBus operations.

Posted On Thursday, May 11, 2006 6:10 AM | Comments (0)

RSSBus: Create Feeds, Connect Feeds, Visualize Feeds

The RSSBus website talks about “Create, Connect, Visualize”. It goes on to explain that RSSBus lets you do three major things very easily: Create feeds out of whatever you want, with relative ease (yes, I said whatever you want: data from QuickBooks, data from your database, Asterisk connection information, Amazon S3 buckets, Google maps, file listings, system process information, etc.) Connect feeds to each other, and manipulate them. Pipeline them through computations or pass them to ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 1:02 PM | Comments (0)

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Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 1:31 PM | Comments (0)

RSSBus at ETech

/n software is at the O'Reilly ETech conference to talk about the new RSSBus product. If you're here, stop by the booth and say “hi“! Etech06, EtechRSSBus ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 7, 2006 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

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