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Simple Update Protocol (SUP)

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Paul Buchheit (the creator and ex-lead developer of Gmail) of FriendFeed has suggested a new format – Simple Update Protocol (SUP) to minimize multiple feed polling.

The idea is simple –

  • The feed provider will generate a live or cached feed for ALL recent updates with an ID field to identify the updated entities.
  • The feed consumer will poll this SUP feed instead of polling individual RSS feed.
  • The feed consumer will request only relevant updated feeds.

HTTP header If-Modified-Since does something similar. But, that would still means requesting for each individual feed.

The proposal looks good for both feed generators and consumers, and not very difficult to implement either. However, the format is too vulnerable to feature creep and standardization can be a painful process.


Written by Brajesh

August 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm

grep jackass

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Quiz: Are You An Online Jackass?

Written by Brajesh

May 15, 2008 at 6:45 am

Posted in humour, Web 2.0, WTF

Gmail Updated

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Gmail’s new version rolled out for me today, and first thing I noticed that it had reset my gmail chat config (basically I had switched off gmail chat), my greasemonkey scripts were broken and I had a firebug extension warning on top.

While I have no gripe about greasemonkey, resetting gmail chat setting means I’ve to check rest of my settings to be sure anything else is not broken.

New version seems quicker, with additional options in “More Actions” menu and updated “Contacts” section.

Written by Brajesh

October 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Desktop vs Web Apps

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The Internet browser is the new OS. What if a “thin client application” becomes thicker than the “Thick”s of the lot. The problem with web applications– “[…]is that they have tried too hard to make the web into a complete application platform, to the point where they don’t even bother holding themselves to the same standards by which desktop application developers are judged.”

Intersting blog- Uncov

Written by Brajesh

April 22, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Posted in AJAX, Coding, Trends, Web 2.0

From the Beginning to the New Web

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This video on journey from the beginning of the web to what we are now calling “web 2.0.”
Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

Very creative Indeed!

(via Somewhat Frank)

Written by Brajesh

February 4, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Posted in Web 2.0

Finding Jim Gray

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Fascinating stuff. Amazon has put up a Mechanical Turk task to help find Jim Gray, the Turing Award winner missing since Jan 28, 07 in the sea, by letting people scan and analyze satellite imagery to locate his 40ft (6px-by-2px) yacht.

Written by Brajesh

February 4, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Wikipedia Has a Web 3.0 Page

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Wikipedia entry on Web 3.0 says(at the moment)

Web 3.0 is a term that has been coined to describe the Semantic Web which aims to “organize the world’s information” using a declarative ontological language such as OWL.

Interestingly this entry has survived since 16 Nov’05. I guess this page is destined to be trolled to death.

Written by Brajesh

September 19, 2006 at 4:26 am

Posted in Web 2.0, Wikipedia, WTF