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effnews part two

Fetching and Parsing RSS Data is the second installment of the effnews project, a series of tutorials on creating an RSS news reader in Python. This time topics covered include exception handling and event based XML parsing using xmllib.

Incidentally, the article is hosted on, which calls itself Fredrik Lundh’s brainstorming subsite and seems to be a Wiki-style repository for miscellaneous articles and pieces of content. It contains a wealth of interesting Python tidbits if you’re willing to spend some time browsing around. I’m a big fan of what I call the Wiki model of content management (one namespace, a free form navigation structure) and the zone looks is a great example of this model in action.

This is effnews part two by Simon Willison, posted on 11th September 2002.

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