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

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Chapter 10. Publishing with Atom

Learn how to publish and manage blog entries and file uploads using the new IETF standard Atom publishing protocol.

If you’ve read this far, you already know how to write programs that publish to a blog by using XML-RPC based APIs. Those APIs work for most blog servers today. But moving forward, blog, wiki, and web-publishing systems are adopting the new Atom publishing protocol, which is based on the Atom publishing format. In this chapter, you’ll learn why. You’ll also learn how to use the Atom protocol, which can do everything the XML-RPC based APIs can and more.

We’ll start by describing in detail how Atom works in terms that all web developers should be able to understand, no matter what programming language ...

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