Feedbin opened – Time to tuck in

FeedbinIconBW120In the aftermath of Google’s bone-headed-but-determined execution of Google Reader, there has been some great work done developing alternatives to Google’s service. One open source implementation was NewsBlur, but at least from our experience at codescaling.com, it was a bit tetchy and the user interface was idiosyncratic. Among the other services we tried was Feedbin, with its clean stripped down user interface, growing app support and good RSS pickup speed. But it wasn’t open source, at least until now when Ben Ubois announced Feedbin was being opened.

While we at codescaling.com are still happy with Ubois’s hosted version of Feedbin at feedbin.me (currently priced at $3 a month or $30 per year), it’s really good news to see him open up the code under an MIT licence and host it on a GitHub repository. It means that users of the Feedbin service know they have an alternative they can host themselves, that they can get involved in development and help take the cause of better RSS aggregation forward. “It’s because Feedbin is making money that I felt comfortable doing this” said Ubois on a Hacker News thread.

The code itself is a Rails 4.0 application, running on Ruby 2.0 and using both Postgres 9.2 and Redis 2.6 for data storage duties. Instructions for getting the system running on Mac OS X are available in the Github readme; partial instructions for Ubuntu 12.04 are also present. “Install a local Feedbin server” is now on our to-do list (though that is a very long list).

One week in Codescaling

csavatrar2So, we’re one week in on Codescaling.com and hopefully you are finding it useful. If you have any feedback… drop it off in the comments here, or on Google+ or even on Twitter where we’re @codescaling. Its been mentioned to me already that it might be useful to touch more on operating systems, updates and the like, treating them like the petri dish of code. Agree? Disagree?

Welcome to Codescaling

Hello, and welcome to Codescaling. These are very early days for the big idea, but what we hope to create is a site of interest to coders at all scales, from the smallest embedded systems, the handiest of mobile devices, the still default desktops, the essential servers and the accumulating clouds. Why such a wide coverage? Well, consider how computing has covered all these different scales of system, yet they are often treated as silos of knowledge but at the same time are becoming increasingly interdependent – The mobile phone that relies on servers and clouds, the clouds that use arrays of embedded sensors to build big data, the desktops where the code typically crafted for these applications. So for the rounded coder a handle on all the goings on should be useful, and thats what Codescaling.com hopes to offer.

Who is the we? At the moment, it’s just me, Dj Walker-Morgan, aka @codepope, former editor in chief of The H, and before that a developer of code for twenty five years earning a living doing X when it was new, Unix when it was balkanised, 6502 when it was in the PET, Java when they said it’d never fly, Python when it was the “cute thing with whitespace” and many others.

So, pop this site in your RSS feed or come back and visit as we … scale up.

Dj