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RSS and Atom in Action: Web 2.0 Building Blocks by Dave Johnson

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Chapter 3. Under the hood

An understanding of blog and wiki server technologies will give you the background you need to make the best of newsfeeds and publishing protocols.

In this chapter, you’ll learn what every RSS and Atom developer needs to know about blog and wiki servers. We’ll discuss server data models to provide some background on newsfeed formats and blog publishing APIs, covered in later chapters. We’ll also discuss blog and wiki server architecture so that you’ll understand what these servers offer your blog apps.

We’ll start by describing the anatomy of a typical blog server, then the same for a typical wiki server. Once we’ve covered the two separately, we’ll discuss why blogs and wikis work so well together and the typical ...

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