What Do I Think of the Pie?

With all the attention the RSS Advisory Board has been getting lately, I've been doing some work on the site, primarily to make it look better on mobile.

I also wrote a tutorial on how to read RSS with PHP using SimplePie. For years my sites have used another library called Magpie to do the same thing, which made me wonder why people keep naming RSS libraries after pie.

SimplePie co-creator Ryan Parman explained this on his blog:

SimplePie is an amalgamation of the phrase "Simple API for Magpie RSS." Magpie RSS was the RSS parser du jour for PHP developers in 2004, and the earliest versions of SimplePie simply wrapped it.

I used SimplePie to add recent board headlines to this blog's sidebar.

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