I have more things to write about than old web stuff few care about, but since this was something that started 20 years ago as some of my first blog posts… I can say for sure today that my long running Feed2JS service is no longer functioning.
And the idea for this was not mine, but something I had seen David Carter-Tod (someone later I got to meet for dinner in his home in Blacksburg, Virginia) do on a Virginia Community College do to embed news feeds using an .ASP script. I just figured out how to replicate it with PHP, and over the years it became its own thing at https://feed2js.org with the first version known as rss2js running on an Apple Xserve at my office at the Maricopa Community Colleges. The source script has some history (D’Arcy Norman is first contributor).
The oldest version I find in the Wayback Machine is from October 2003.
The whole thing relied on an ancient library called MagpieRSS. In its working days, when it failed to return a result it was nearly always because of something in the feed that did not validate. But over the last few years, it failed more and more often, for other reasons that I cannot really diagnose. My own blog failed:
A few weeks ago I was dabbling with another old web page and a the time, the fix I found was to run a feed through Feedburner e.g. my own blog gets “rinsed” there as https://feeds.feedburner.com/cogdogblog. It did work, but upon checking today to an issue reported, even that fails.
So it’s time to just bury Feed2JS. I had previously hosted it myself externally, then had generous offers from Aaron ?? and latest from a guy named Brian Teller who still has it running (I cannot even contact him any more) so cannot update the web site either!
The feed grinder has ground to a halt… The domain auto-renew is turned off so Feed2JS will vanish on June 23, 2023. There is even an untold story of a requested use I will share only with close friends, shhhhh.
Just more blogging about old web stuff. What else is there? Oh yes, the obligatory ask of ChatGPT asking, “What is the history of Feed2JS?”
I guess ChatGPT is okay when it’s flatteringly accurate! I did ask, “was there an earlier version under a different name?” and it failed, well, sort of. I did not even remember a “Feed2JS Lite” (Google search leads my to guess it is stochastically parotting from un-related info from a MagpieRSS page):
To the best of my knowledge, there was not an earlier version of Feed2JS under a different name. However, Alan Levine did create another tool called Feed2JS Lite, which was a simplified version of the original Feed2JS tool. Feed2JS Lite was designed for users who only needed basic RSS feed display functionality and did not require the more advanced features of the full version of Feed2JS.ChatGPT response to asking of history of Feed2JS… going into that flowering BS mode.
Thanks for all the feeds!
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