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RSS Viewer Applet: Window to the World of News (1/4) - exploring XML

RSS Viewer Applet: Window to the World of News

Coming back to this episode's main topic of "News on the Web" we will develop an applet for viewing and navigating RSS channels. Let's put our newfound knowledge from the former article on news formats to good use and create a useful tool for every Web site that intends to publish information in RSS. Every now and then we will come across some best practices of software development from WikiWeb, the site that incubated Extreme Programming.

How do we do it?

We will start by doing the simplest thing that could possibly work, focusing on the RSS parser and neglecting user interface and presentation aspects at first, as well as the "standards way of doing things." We will then incrementally add more bells and whistles as we go.

How do we start then?

First we need to design our little program, which in this case is more like collecting the ingredients for the RSS alphabet soup. We need -

Let' s look at each of them in turn, starting with the Aelfred XML parser.

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