September 23, 2006

Arrrr Esss Esss

Playing with recent nightlies with RSS detection is opening my eyes to something I'm sure is old hat to most of you. This RSS thing is kinda cool. Every site I read regularly has an RSS feed. I downloaded NewsFire just to play around and whoa is it sweet. I was adding feeds left and right and playing like a kid in a candy shop.

I know what you're all thinking: when are we getting full RSS reading in Camino? Probably never, and now I know I was right all along. The other thing this experience pointed out was that RSS reader applications are very involved. NewsFire is highly polished and incredibly functional. My guess is that it took a lot of love and effort (the about box says 2004-06), and that isn't something that we have the time or resources to do. It would also add a non-trivial amount of complexity to the app which adds to QA and development costs.

Sure, integration is good, but at what cost? As I've been saying for, well, a really long time now, 3rd party readers do this better than we could ever hope to. We must stick to what we do well.

If you haven't at least played with NewsFire, give it a look. I'm not sure if I'll buy it, but the author has done an excellent job.

Posted by pinkerton at September 23, 2006 11:10 AM