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Building an RSS reader

November 10, 2017

I admit it: I still use RSS readers. On iOS I’m a big fan of Reeder, but on Android I’m still using Press. Sadly Press has been abandoned for years now. It’s still functional, but it’s increasingly dated. I occasionally look at alternatives, but I haven’t found one I’ve really liked. Yes, I know Feedly is popular, but personally its design doesn’t appeal to me. So I’ve started to write my own RSS reader in my free time, using FeedWrangler as the backend service (an obvious choice, since it’s the service I use for Reeder).

We’ll see how it goes; my free time isn’t quite what it used to be. But it’s been fun so far, and I’m using it as a learning experience to try out technologies I haven’t had time to experiment with at work. Currently I’m using it to try out Android’s new Architecture Components; they should make managing the feed data and coordinating data nd UI updates a lot easier.

From → Software

One Comment
  1. summetj permalink

    You might want to check out GrazeRSS ( and my preferred backend for it (

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