What it it good for, this icon , which suspiciously shows up on different SDN Weblog pages? It is the link to the RSS feed of the SDN Weblogs. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “RDF Site Summary”, depending on whom you ask. (More information here and here).
Newsreader software thrives on these feeds. Using Weblogs without a newsreader is like driving a Porsche but only in the first two gears, which is fast enough in most residential neighborhoods; but out on the Autobahn you want to be able to race through the news items.
So how does it work? The Website with the most information about it is Chris Pirillo’s Lockergnome’s RSS Resource page. There you find links to the most common newsreaders as well as an RSS Quickstart Guide.
Once you have the newsreader of your choice ready, select the SDN RSS Feeds that you are interested in.
We offer the following feeds:
- Most recent: https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/q/weblogs_rss?x-ver=1.0. (With this one subscription you get them all).
- More selective, per Weblogger: Go to your favorite Weblogger and copy the link.
- Similarly per Topic: select the topics that interest you most.
When a new Weblog is posted, your newsreader grabs its summary paragraph and permanent link and displays it something like this:
If you like the summary and want to know more, you select the link and it brings you right to that Weblog with SDN.
You will be surprised at how many news sources have RSS feeds. It will totally change the way you keep up with the latest developments in the world and technology. Bring your news reading into fourth gear, fifth, or (gasp) sixth!