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Google's AJAX Feed API boosts blogs

Free code to add Atom & RSS feeds to web apps

Google is set to roll out a new Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) API geared to help AJAX developers more easily add Atom and RSS feeds to web applications or blogs.

The AJAX Feed API, unveiled at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit, can help developers incorporate feeds into applications and websites without writing complex server side code, said Bret Taylor, Google's group product manager for developer products.

"Google handles all the heavy lifting for developers...resolves all the technical differences between different feed formats," he said.

Today, developers have to understand multiple differences between feeds and versions of feeds, and many find it difficult to incorporate them into websites and applications, he added.

This is the third Google API released to developers over the past two years. The others are the Google Maps API, released in June 2005, that allows developers to add street maps, business locators and route planning to websites, and the Google Search API for embedding the Google search feature in web pages.

"Google is very committed to supporting AJAX developers," Taylor said. "It represents a great way to improve the web experience."

www.computerworld.com


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