The Programmable Feed Reader

Adam DuVander
Dec. 01 2011, 07:52PM EST

If you subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds, you may find yourself wanting to view only a subset of the content. You can organize by folder, but sometimes searching the feeds is the quickest way to get at what you seek. A new service from Q-Sensei is now bringing that feed search power to your applications via its Q-Sensei FeedBooster API.

The FeedBooster application gives you a basic feed reader, displaying stories in the boxy portal style made popular by NetVibes and PageFlakes in the Web 2.0 heyday. There is a somewhat buggy Google Reader import support, but have a look at its API documentation and you realize that's not so important: you can add, remove and update subscriptions right from the API.

It's the search where Q-Sensei is focusing its efforts. The API lets you query your feeds by a bunch of meta-data fields, including author, feed and date. Some of those fields, such as tags, are actually auto-generated by Q-Sensei's "multi-dimensional search" and can be filtered alongside fulltext search.

There are 28 feed related APIs in our directory, including the Bloglines API, among the first ever added to ProgrammableWeb.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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