Preview: nntp//rss Project Status
nntp//rss Project Status
Status for the nntp//rss project
October 25, 2004 - nntp//rss v0.5-beta-1
Over five thousand downloads and many months later, I've finally got around to
releasing the first public beta of nntp//rss v0.5. It now features
Apache Derby as the new embedded database, support for MySQL, along with a number
of bug fixes and new features including Categories, Atom support, and OPML import / export.
June 27, 2003 - Quick update... (1663 downloads and counting)
The hosting change over has gone (relatively) smoothly, and we now have message forums
running. The more observant may have noticed the link appearing a few weeks back over on the
left column of the website. There are various forums to discuss the current release, feature
requests and useful hints and tips.
Now, onto a more important topic: version 0.4. I realize a bunch of you are crying
out for this release. Be sure that I am still working to getting this finished! Work
commitments have slowed down development, but I'm still working towards the next release.
The Jakarta Commons HTTPClient project recently went into a more stable beta form, and those
updates have been rolled into 0.4. xhtml:body support has also been included,
as well as support for item-level authors (very useful for feeds that contain items aggregated
from multiple publishers).
There have now been over 1600 downloads of nntp//rss, which is great! I'm closely following the
emerging standards (e.g. Echo), and will look to fold support for these into nntp//rss at the
Keep a close watch on this site, as well as the forums and
my blog for further updates.
May 2, 2003 - Changing hosts...
www.methodize.org will be relocating to new hosting facilities during the next couple of days. Given
the nature of DNS propagation, you might experience some temporary difficulties while visiting this
site during that time. The new space will be a positive step forward for methodize.org. Look
forward to interactive forums, and more regular updates!
For those of you eagerly awaiting nntp//rss 0.4 - it's coming real soon. I've just finished replacing
the existing HTTP client implementation with the Jakarta Commons HTTP Client. This should provide
better results against certain web servers, and once and for all resolve some rather nasty timeout
issues that have been experienced by some users. Additional blogging systems will be supported
in the posting interface, with pre-configured settings for Moveable Type, Radio and Roller,
amongst others. There are some other neat new features that I'll describe once the release
Stay tuned - more to come soon...
April 15, 2003 - MetaWeblog and v0.3
the Roller Weblogger project discovered an issue with the
MetaWeblog posting support within nntp//rss v0.3. A patch has been created, which
can be downloaded from the following location:
This replaces the nntprss.jar in your nntp//rss v0.3 distribution.
On a different note, work is continuing with nntp//rss v0.4, which will feature
a number of enhancements based upon some great feedback from the v0.3 release.
Watch this space for further information!
March 23, 2003 - nntp//rss v0.3 is now available
After a long wait, v0.3 is finally ready. This version has a number of
new features, including:
- Posting - You can now post entries to your blog from within
your newsreader. nntp//rss has support for the popular
Blogger, LiveJournal and MetaWeblog APIs.
- Parse-At-All-Cost - This version introduces an experimental
parse-at-all-cost RSS parser. When an RSS feed is not
well-formed XML, enabling this parser will enable nntp//rss
to read its content,
- Enhanced Web interface - The look and feel of the web
interface has been considerably updated,
- OPML channel import - Import your mySubscriptions.opml
blogroll from your existing RSS newsreader straight into nntp//rss,
- System Tray icon for Windows users - Quick and easy access
to the administration screen.
For those of you already running v0.2, check out the
for upgrade instructions.
Further improvements have been made to the NNTP server, with
support for additional newsreaders, including Entourage, and
the resolution of some international character issues. GZip
support has been added to the HTTP client, along with better
handling of unresponsive RSS web servers. Please refer to
the CHANGELOG for further information.
nntp//rss's user base is increasing - we're now at over 650 downloads, and we'd love
to hear from you. If you have any thoughts or ideas for forthcoming versions, please
don't hesitate to get in touch.
If you have any specific feature requests or bugs, don't
forget to log them using the trackers available at nntp//rss's
SourceForge project page.
On a different note, thanks to Jeff Barr nntp//rss is now listed as one of the aggregators
at the great Syndic8.com site. When perusing their endless collection of RSS feeds, just click
on the Integration tab, and select nntp//rss to directly add that feed into your
nntp//rss channel list. Also, thanks to Morten Frederiksen for adding nntp//rss
to his Syndication Subscription Service. You can check this out at
If you write a blog, this site provides a great way to offer a universal 'subscribe' link,
no matter which aggregator your visitors are using.
February 17, 2003 - Work continues on 0.3... and bookmarklets
A quick update: Work is continuing on 0.3, with some interesting new
features in the next release. There'll be support for NNTP client authentication, allowing
you to securely access nntp//rss from a remote location. There'll also
be something else very special... let's just say nntp//rss is great at letting you
read RSS feeds through your newsreader, but NNTP is a two-way protocol. The next version
of nntp//rss will begin to close the loop...
Next - Ben Meadowcroft has submitted a
very useful Bookmarklet for RSS autodiscovery. Just add it to your favorites, and when
you come across an interesting page, click on the link and it'll automatically discover
and add any associated RSS feed. There's a new contribution section below, where you'll
find a link to the Bookmarklet, and hopefully other useful utilities in the future.
January 31, 2003 - nntp//rss needs you!
what we need is to get the message out about nntp//rss. We currently have a small but
growing base of users, and we'd certainly like to get more exposure for the project. If
you know of any blogs, websites, magazines or other outlet that we should be contacting,
please send an email to
. If you publish your own
blog, and enjoy using nntp//rss, then a link or mention about
nntp//rss would be most appreciated! I'm just starting to plan some of the functionality
for the next release (0.3), and it's looking very interesting. Stay tuned for more
January 27, 2003 - nntp//rss v0.2 released
nntp//rss v0.2 is now available.
For those of you already running v0.1, check out the
for upgrade instructions.
This version features a considerably stronger NNTP server implementation, more efficient
channel poller thread pool, support for additional RSS properties,
admin interface security and switchable content type (great for those non-HTML and
command-line news readers). See the
for the full list
of modifications. This release took a long time to get out; I will definitely shorten the
release schedule from here onwards. Now, on to 0.3 - the main task for the next release is
to implement a 'parse-at-all-costs' RSS parser for non well-formed feeds. If you
have any particular feeds that constantly have problems being read, please
the link. And, as always, your
feedback is appreciated. If you have any specific feature requests or bugs, don't
forget to log them using the trackers available at nntp//rss's
SourceForge project page
January 16, 2003
Oops. Next release is taking slightly
longer than expected. Combination of my day work taking up a lot of time, and me trying
to squeeze in some more functionality to nntp//rss. I'm also working on implementing a
better thread pool to work around some resources issues that have been reported.
Will try and get this release out at the weekend!
January 4, 2003
The next release is getting nearer... I've
been working hard on building a fuller NNTP server implementation to support a wider range
of clients. As mentioned below, MT-Newsreader on the Mac will now be supported, and I
hope that the modifications will make nntp//rss more compatible with other newsreaders.
If you have a newsreader and have had problems accessing nntp//rss, please send
to the project with the
name and version of your newsreader.
January 1, 2003
Happy New Year!
for the mention in his
Russell may be running a publicly accessible test deployment of nntp//rss soon, so
keep a watch on his blog for more information. He has also posted a great
JavaBlogs channel list
that can be imported directly into nntp//rss. I've received some feedback about a few problems with
newsreaders accessing articles - specifically MT-Newsreader on the Mac. These will
be addressed in the next release of nntp//rss, planned to be released in
the next few days. A NNTP listener port configuration option will also be added
for those of you who have other services listening on port 119.
December 31, 2002
Thanks to Ben Hammersley
mentioning nntp//rss on his blog
for being the initial tester (and motivator!) and
the mention on his blog
, and thanks to those of you who have already
downloaded the application. There have been a few requests for a RSS feed
for nntp//rss project status information - this will be available very shortly. An announcement
will be made here, and on the mailing
when it has been published.
December 30, 2002
nntp//rss v0.1 is now available!
Follow the download link below to retrieve your copy. Please send any feedback,
ideas for future releases, RSS feeds that you'd like to see included
in the default feed list, or any other comments to the project email address:email@example.com
December 21, 2002
Ok, so things never always go to plan. This week
has been a busy one, unfortunately mostly with activities aside from nntp//rss.
However, that said, work is proceeding, and I have nearly wrapped up the channel
list export/import feature. Once that it is place, and after some minor tidying up,
we'll be ready for the release. Expect to see the release up on this site in
the next couple of days.
December 11, 2002
Project is nearly ready for its first alpha release.
More will be available in this first alpha than I had originally planned. A full,
albeit basic administrative web interface will be available - this will support
adding/removing RSS channels, and status checking on existing channels. The system
operates on a polling based model, enabling efficient retrieval of items by NNTP
clients without overburdening the source RSS feeds. nntp//rss is feed-friendly
fully supporting the Last-Modified and ETag HTTP headers to ensure that
the bandwidth of RSS-producing sites isn't excessively taxed. Anyway, stay tuned,
the first release will be coming out sometime in the next week.
November 27, 2002
The project has only just begun - the aim is to get an initial release
out in the next two weeks that'll allow simple registration of RSS feeds
through an external configuration file, and provide a simple NNTP interface
for feed access.