SDN is really an awesome place for information and collaboration. It has even got a spot in my morning ‘wrap up phase’. After so much valuable learning it is now time for me to actively dig into the SDN world.
To start with, I decided not to write or comment on my current focus – respectively SOA – instead trying to give some simple advice on how to become an SDN-Pro User. The idea came up after an interesting chat with Craig Cmehil, the god of SDN’s Wiki. Talking about this and that, Craig showed me some fancy ‘behind the scenes’ SDN stuff. One thing I recognized is that SDN has so many readers and contributors but nearly none of them is using the RSS features, which I think is one of the best features above all. The best things about it: It is comes free! So use free RSS and get a SDN Pro User 😛
– Most of you are technical savvy so for those of you who know everything about RSS let me just emphasize the point that SDN provides RSS. Everywhere!
– For those of you, without any clue about RSS, I captured the most important insights into RSS in the following section:
What is RSS?
RSS stands (today) for Really Simple Syndication. It incorporates an umbrella of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated digital content – such as SDN. This frequently updated digital content is then published in a RSS feed. Various feed reader give users the ability to subscribe to these RSS feeds. Subscribing to a RSS feed means that the feed reader pulls content (normally the headline with initial parts of the real text) centrally together and presents it to the reader. The user may then instantly see if in any of his subscribed feeds has been updated if new content has been added.
The nutshell: Up-to date information from any subscribed source offering RSS feeds centrally displayed in the RSS reader. This is productivity live.
How can you find RSS?
How can I use RSS?
With the mentioned RSS Reader. There is a whole bunch of different readers available in the net. Common examples are
– Google Reader (Online/ free)
– myYahoo (Online/ free)
– Bloglines (Online/ free)
– Awasu (Program Download/ simple version is free)
– RSS Reader (Program Download/ free)
– NetNewsWire for Macs Progam Download/ simple version is free)
Just play a bit with them. It is not a pregnant/ not pregnant question about which one is best. You might also want to check out: SDN Weblogs Widget [RSS Reader]
What can I do with RSS on SDN?
A lot. Believe me.
Here is a listing of
How I use RSS, some examples:
One additional goody:
I find a lot about SOA every day but just I don’t have the time to read it. Thus I mark it. Marking means storing the link on my del.ico.us account. My RSS Reader at home is subscribed to my personal SOA RSS Feed and I can read interesting stuff whenever I want – even offline on tour: cool, eh? There your go .