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

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Chapter 20. Automatically validate newsfeeds

Use a simple script to monitor your newsfeeds and receive notification via email when any are found to be invalid.

If your blog’s newsfeed is invalid for a short period of time because you forgot to escape an ampersand, it’s probably no big deal. But if you’re using newsfeed syndication to notify customers of critical software patches and new datasets, as our friends Nina and Rangu are doing at the fictional FinModler technology firm, invalid newsfeeds can be a much more serious issue.

You should do whatever you can up-front to ensure that your newsfeeds are valid, but it also makes sense to monitor your newsfeeds so that you are notified quickly when they become invalid.

In this chapter, we’ll ...

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