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Updated: 2003-03-22; 12:03:45 AM.

Friday, January 17, 2003
The State of the .NET Aggregators Union 12:13:46 PM comment [] Google It!

Must be something in the air. In the last few weeks we've seen an explosion in the number of .NET RSS aggregators. Can someone explain the reason for this phenomenon?

The first .NET aggregator was, as far as I know, Aggie. Created by Joe Gregorio, Aggie enjoyed having the playground for itself for many months. It has been considerably improved since its early days, and has now what I think is the best RSS parser available for any platform. Unfortunately, Joe's interests seem to have shifted somewhat. The last Aggie release Joe shipped was RC4. The current code base (what someday we hope to ship as RC5) is very different from RC4, so if you plan to use Aggie I suggest you download the latest code and use that. (If you're too lazy to do that, send me a note and I'll send you the binaries you need to run Aggie.) Aggie produces output as a single large HTML file, or as a series of mail messages it sends to your account. Disclaimer: Apparently, I am the last Aggie developer left working on the code, so my view is obviously biased.

In no particular order, some of the other .NET RSS aggregators are:

Update: I received two more pointers (thanks guys!):

Update II: Let's not forget David Peckham's NewsDesk!

Again, if you know of another, please let me know.

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