SimplePie... Yummy!

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Have you ever wanted to create your own online RSS/Atom feed reader? Did you fiddle around with other solutions that just plain sucked? Did you try to use the awesome Magpie RSS, and just couldn’t get it to work like you wanted?

Personally, I’m still fairly new to PHP, but I have a solid understanding of scripting principles and grasp of basic PHP syntax. Even still, I found Magpie a bit confusing sometimes as I was starting out with it. Because of this, I figured I’d try to make it easier for people like me to leverage Magpie’s power with a simpler command set.

I’d like you all to welcome SimplePie. SimplePie is short for “Simple API for Magpie”, and makes it very easy to create your own PHP-based feed readers on your own sites.

I’m sure it’s not flawless, so I’d like you all to download the latest copy of Magpie RSS and SimplePie, give it a try, and tell me how you like it and what I can do to make it better.

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced software engineer, open source evangelist, and passionate user advocate currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , and worked on DevOps and Security at . He is now bringing learning into the digital age as an Engineering Lead and Site Reliability Engineer at . Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than .