Stay On Top – Get All Your Info using Feeds (RSS, ATOM, etc.)

by Carey on November 12, 2010

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Feeds have been around for a long time now and most net savvy users have adopted them as a quick and clever way to keep up to date on the information you want. However, I must admit I am a late adopter of this technology and although I was aware of them I didn’t use them for a long time. Since I have started using them my productivity has rocketed and I am able to keep up to date with much more important information.

In the web development world it is important that you keep on top of security updates, development tips (such as Dev Chunks, industry news etc. Using Feeds can make this a much easier and more enjoyable task.

First get yourself a Feed reader. My recommendation is Feedreader (freeware), although there are others to check out such as Sharp Reader (freeware?) and Feed Demon (paid license required).

Next, add your Feeds. You can find them on most websites with regularly updated content – here on Dev Chunks, use the “RSS” link in the bottom right hand corner.

To get you started, here are some of my development feeds (some sites have more than one feed):

http://www.php.net/ – Official php announcements
http://www.sitepoint.com/ – Web Dev articles and marketplace
http://www.seoegghead.com/ – Search Engine Optimisation
http://www.43folders.com/ – Productivity and Organisation

Don’t forget to check out other sites and services you use that may have Feeds – for example your webhost, online invoicing services, forums etc.

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