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Implementing A RSS Feed Reader In The Portal

While doing some work recently I discovered that SAP has made it tremendously easy to implement a RSS feed reader.  In fact, there is an iview that exists for this specific reason along with a XML transformer that will transform the XML in the RSS feed to HTMLB which can be published on the portal.  Below I will detail how to implement the feed reader which connects to the RSS feed of the weblogs on SDN.  There is an older blog that also covers this in a similar fashion, A Look at XML iViews in SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 SP Stack 04, but the approach is a little different.  The first step is to navigate to the Portal Content tab, which can be found underneath the Content Administration tab. image The second step is to create a new iview.  This can be done by right clicking in the PCD and choosing New -> iview. image The third step is to select the correct type of iview.  For this example please select XML iView. image The fourth step is to enter in the general properties of the iview.  You may enter anything you like here so long as it conforms to the SAP naming standards. image The fifth step is to define the URL of the XML source.  For this example we will connect to SDN, so please use the following string. image The sixth step is to select the XML transformation format.  For this example, please select RSS_TO_XHTMLB.  Please click finish to finalize the iview. image When you run the iview you should see the latest weblogs on SDN. image

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      Author's profile photo Detlev Beutner
      Detlev Beutner
      please see [original link is broken] [original link is broken]
      I would suggest to withdraw this weblog. Thanks in advance.
      No offense meant! Best regards
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      Former Member
      It seems as though Detlev is correct, the blogs are the same in purpose.

      Although the first is rather old in terms of when it was posted, it is also not AS obvious as this one, perhaps you can add in a link to the first blog and explain a bit of the difference in approach?

      Remember to always search thoroughly before writing your weblog to ensure you are not duplicating efforts.


      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey
      same here, great blog, new to me, thanks very much, the more the merrier, every little helps


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      Former Member

      i find this is a nice feature, but in my portal it´s not working. If i make a View on the Iview i get this error:
      "Error while using XML iView, please contact your system administrator".

      Anyone had the same problem?


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      Former Member
      First check if your EP Server Machine has access to Internet pages via the proxy settings you set at "HTTP Proxy Host" + "HTTP Proxy Port". For example my Server Machine doesn't need any proxy settings in order to connect to the Internet, so my EP 6.0 "HTTP Proxy Host" + "HTTP Proxy Port" settings are empty!

      Best regards,

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      Former Member

      I have an XML file stored in the shared folder of XI system with the path like: //abcdefg/shared/toxyz.xml and now, I cannot create an XML iview as described by you as it does not accept an address without HTTP. I need to create an iview out of this XML file stored in the shared folder. Please suggest me how to make an RSS out of it so that we may have a HTTP aadress to locate it or any other way to make an iview out of it.

      thank you

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      Hi Eric,
      great job!

      Some of you might be interested in the fact that we have a certified Business Package for the SAP NetWeaver Portal out there. You may want to test drive for free at:

      You are able to push feeds and offer personalization, so end users can add their own feeds. Use the iView as often as you like in the portal and give your end-users a user friendly tool. More information can be found on our website: