OPML – An Awesome Experiment

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We’ve been following the evolution of Dave Winer’s OPML Editor for most of this year (TechCrunch Profile). We’ve experimented with it, but never fully understood all of the incredible potential that it has to organize and distribute information..

Now we get it. We’ve created a directory, in OPML format, of every TechCrunch company profile. Dave has put the TechCrunch directory up on Scripting News. The directory updates on Scripting News automatically as we update the OPML file. All of our content is therefore available on the Scripting News site.

Dave wrote about this last night:

Preview: TechCrunch directory in Scripting News

There are so many stories that connect together in this one development, I’m going to have to do a podcast to explain (and I will, tomorrow), but in the meantime I wanted to show a rough top-level of the project, and give a brief idea of where it goes.

First, look at any archive page on Scripting News, for example the page for today.


If you look in the right margin, you’ll see a box that lists the top level of an OPML directory being edited by Mike Arrington over at TechCrunch. Each of the items in the directory is an article on TechCrunch. I wanted to include his content in mine because I would point to every review he writes, they’re all on-topic for Scripting News readers.

When he makes a change to that directory, the box recalcs. When it appears on www.scripting.com tomorrow, it will recalc every time I update Scripting News (that page is statically rendered). If you want you can include Mike’s directory in your site, or in your directory through inclusion. It’s a normal OPML file, edited with the OPML Editor.

This is, in so many ways, the kind of collaboration I envisioned when I released the OPML Editor. Mike, a lawyer who loves technology, is exactly the kind of person I want to empower with OPML.

This is just a start. We’re working on the taxonomy and interface. But this is an interesting experiment in using OPML to solve real-Web problems. If you’d like assistance in working with OPML, please email us and/or check out OPML.org.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnwards John Wards

    Drizzle doesn’t seem to be targeting low/medium-end web applications.

    They are targeting cloud computing and massive concurrency, hardly low/medium end stuff.

    Also they have the blessing of Sun and are part of the MySQL team as far as I can tell.

  • Kai

    If someone needs only a simple database, wouldn’t SQLite suffice? (not sure about scalability though)

  • http://www.enterprisedb.com Bob Zurek

    I would agree with the comment regarding SQLite. A good open source light weight database system. For developers and database professionals that require industrial strength advanced database features, PostgreSQL is a great option. Built from the ground up with transactive intensive web and non web applications in mind.

  • OhGodItsGillmor

    yea this post is just totally off , no one is clamoring for mysql4 there is sqllite for that , and drizzle’s aim is to bring mysql to a new era , maybe they’re forking back at 4 because they’re is just less things to worry about while still providing a solid code base.

  • http://wagnerelias.com/2008/08/21/database-proxy-como-ferramenta-para-seguranca-de-aplicacoes/ Wagner Elias - Database Proxy como ferramenta para segurança de aplicações

    […] A comunidade ficou assustada quando foi anunciada a compra da empresa que o desenvolvia pela SUN. Logo as coisas começaram a melhorar na minha opinião, o fonte foi disponibilizado via repositório, antes não era. E recentemente alguns desenvolvedores ao ver que a estratégia da SUN é desenvolver uma solução mais robusta logo fizeram um fork do projeto e criaram o Drizzle. […]

  • http://cmstrainingvideos.com/viewpage.php?page_id=5 MYSQL Tutorial

    MYSQL Tutorial…

    For those using MT 2. 6 and above with MySQL and PHP, geeksblog. com has provided a close comments script to automatically close comments after a specified number of hours of days….

  • devsmt

    sqlite is better suited for extremely small app that doesn’t need a client/server architecture.
    the idea here of a “back to the basic” mysql design really appeal me as a webdeveloper.

  • javanut

    It’s being forked cause Oracle owns Sun and may not take too kindly to the ‘other’ database app. This is just preparing for unforeseen eventualities. Smart

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