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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This is a sad day. I was a regular user of Feed2JS during your MCLI days (I was at an east coast institution).
Back in those days, I was managing a classroom recording program where we participating faculty would record their classes and then give them to me for students to hear online at a later day. This was before iTunesU so I was uploading the files to a directory on a webserver and then editing the XML /RSS file so that files would be listed in Blackboard course shells via Feed2JS.
I also used a few other of your tools such as the one that would live tweet my Keynote presentations as I presented them.
A big thank you for Feed2JS! I used it on my school website at arborheights.com, and had it rolling out feeds on the school website when I had it on Wikispaces. Worked well in that environment, too. It was an exciting time to try out new technologies, esp in education. Not so today, boo.
I saw your post here because I still follow your blog via rss. I remember being so unbelieving that nobody got rss, its potential, etc. Still baffles me. Oh well, thanks again for making a difference for many! Best – Mark
🙁 It was a good thing.
The end of an era. It’s still limping along – I have a copy running on a subdomain of my own webspace so I didn’t burden the main server. Some sites still seem to work (my own RSS feed works, for some reason), while yours breaks it. Weird.
Thanks for building it, and making it available. Feed2JS has been a huge part of the interconnected syndicated web for many many years.
Just checked the changelog on the project – holy smokes. A few days shy of 20 years old! Amazing. Go Cogdog!
I’m still using it too, until it stops working for the one feed that I need it for (to feed into the dull, dull system that is Drupal).
Faint dull pulse! It’s interesting what feeds it still works on.
This was tremendously useful! and I shall miss it.
Thanks for all the scripts.