Customizable RSS feed aggregator in PHP

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    RSS (Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication) has been around since the mid-1990s. Over the years, several variants of the RSS format have popped up and several claims have been made about its ownership. Despite these differences, RSS never ceased to serve its usefulness in distributing Web content from one Web site to many others. The popularity of RSS gave way to the growth of a new class of Web software called the feed reader, also known as the feed aggregator. Although there are several commercially available feed aggregators, it's easy to develop your own feed aggregator, which you can integrate with your Web applications. You'll appreciate this article's fully functional PHP code snippets, demonstrating the use of PHP-based server-side functions to develop a customizable RSS feed aggregator. In addition, you'll reap instant benefits from using the fully functional RSS feed aggregator code, which you can download from this article.
    As technologies such as Ajax and Web 2.0 contribute to the exponential growth of Web applications, the value of the application's content plays an important and central role. Both content providers and content consumers need effective ways to publish/syndicate and subscribe/read their content, respectively. This is where the simplicity and power of RSS make this Web 1.0-era invention an important ingredient in the Web 2.0 era and beyond.

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