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Do RSS feeds cost money to set up and update?
So that costs money butyou're already spending that for the website.
but PHP can be a bit trickier. I can send you the code I've used for mine if you want.
But it's not for me - I'm recommending a client use one as a CRM method and just had to scope out costs.
Yeah all it does is scrape whatever bit of the database you want to expose and then create an XML file that follows the RSS formatting conventions.
Readers just interpret that.
The only piece of optimisation advice I can offer is that if you have a website with lots of hits but the RSS feed only needs to update once a day make a cron job or similar create a single XML file every day and then have your RSS link point to that. If you make it create the RSS output dynamically you'll obviously have to suck the database and server access while it's created every time your client's RSS reader tries to update.
sucks the balls.
It's incredibly fast and efficient for most tasks.
In fact really where it falls down is in lacking a strong userbase and decent documentation. With PHP if I have an issue I can post it on a forum and get loads of replies within an hour; with Ruby I often find myself blindly trying things out until something works.
When it works, though, it's very clever.
fast but in the real world it falls flat. I work in the real and just can't be bothered with fucking around with that sort of stuff anymore. Maybe I'm just loosing my enthusiasm generally for this stuff. Probably actually.