2020-12-31 My feed aggregators

@solderpunk recently announced an interesting change to CAPCOM:

“On the first day of each month, a cron job runs the … pipeline to randomly select 100 unique feeds … Those feeds are then aggregated by CAPCOM for the remainder of the month. This way the scope of the CAPCOM instance can grow without limit over time, but the actual amount of new content to be found each day should remain fairly constant over time.”

I like it!

As for my own feed agregators, I actually wrote two of them in 2020.

For the traditional web, I wrote a replacement for Planet Venus which was powering the RPG Planet because Planet Venus is written in Python 2 and I was unable to port it to Python 3. Writing my own was more fun!

It powers all three of the RPG Planets I run:

I also use it for a list of other blogs I’m following that aren’t directly RPG related:

As you can see I didn’t bother to change the theme, haha! 😄

Since I also started getting interested in Gemini, I rewrote moku pona, the Gopher “aggregator” I had. The reason I’m using quotes here is that moku pona 1 was just a URL watcher: given a list of URLs, it would check them for changes and move changed resources to the top of the list. When I added support for Gemini feeds, I realised that this was not very different from supporting all sorts of feeds, so now moku pona supports URL watching, as well as RSS and Atom feeds, via Gopher, Gemini, and HTTP. The fact that it works amazes me every day. 😆

The main difference in terms of user interface is the granularity. Jupiter a “traditional” aggregator that shows an excerpt of every post: site name, post title, post except. Mona pona on the other hand simply shows the date of the last change per site, with the nickname you provided.


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