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Support the Google Reader API

Postby andrewducker » 16 Mar 2013, 09:44

Feedly and Digg have both announced that their readers will support the Google Reader API.

It's also being suggested by people like Marco Arment:
http://www.marco.org/2013/03/14/baby-st ... gle-reader

If tt-rss did likewise then that would open up a bunch of existing clients to it, increasing its popularity.

Thoughts?
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby rmtew » 16 Mar 2013, 20:22

It sounds like a lot of work for something that at this time is just a suggestion by one person. Something that can wait.

The big benefit to supporting the Google Reader API in the short term, is that it should allow preserving all one's content. I don't just mean starred articles and subscriptions, I mean it could allow caching all the entries for all the feeds that may or may not be around any more - or may have gone private, yet you had some of their articles before they did.

But then again, you probably don't need the Reader API for this. The Feed API, which has a deprecation date of 2015-04-15, will still be around to provide it. However, the Google API terms and conditions say:
Prohibitions on Content Unless expressly permitted by the content owner or by applicable law, you agree that you will not, and will not permit your end users to, do the following with content returned from the APIs:
Scrape, build databases or otherwise create permanent copies of such content, or keep cached copies longer than permitted by the cache header;
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby Reil » 16 Mar 2013, 22:43

I think that what he's suggesting isn't something that talks to Google Reader and pulls data from it, but something which could be a drop-in replacement for Google Reader. That is, someone who's already written a Google Reader-compatible Android App would be able to, with a few minor adjustments perhaps, point their application to a TT-RSS address instead of the Google Reader address, and have it work.
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby andrewducker » 17 Mar 2013, 08:39

Yes, exactly.

Which would mean that I'd be able to read my tt-rss feeds using a wide variety of readers, on many platforms.
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby scott » 27 Mar 2013, 20:25

as someone that has just gone looking for a
replacement feed aggregator (and arrived here)
because of the Google Reader retirement
announcement, I can say -- from listening to a lot
of Android RSS client forums -- that most clients
plan to implement a configurable URL for the
Reader API server, instead of hard-coding Google,
as a minimal code change that will allow their
software to have a future. Feedly got 500k users
from Google nearly overnight, and already have
the infrastructure and code to export the Reader
API seamlessly on July 1. Digg has also
announced that they will reimplement the Reader
API, so it seems that if the tt-rss server could
be hacked to provide the Reader API, they will get
with that automatic interoperability with all the
Reader RSS clients -- which is to say, nearly
all of them -- that already exist, after they just
add the configurable server URL (they will
probably have to add basic-auth support, or
tt-rss could implement oauth)

which would open tt-rss to many more clients
than it has currently. It seems that tt-rss already
provides the server functionality to allow it to
be used as a Reader API backend, it just doesn't
implement the interface. Since both are JSON,
and presumably have mostly-complete feature
overlap (yet to be determined), in the simple case
some kind of 1:1 mapping translator between
the APIs might be implementable with minimal
fuss, made available on a different URL than the
native one. Then all the Google Reader clients
can start talking to it and the user can migrate
their OPML directly from Google. They'll just lose
state information like read articles and history,
but otherwise seamlessly move from Reader to
tt-rss.
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby fox » 28 Mar 2013, 04:13

Are we posting poems now or what?
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby QuickBASIC » 29 Mar 2013, 06:01

I would also like
an option in my reader
on other platforms.
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby smeerbartje » 06 Apr 2013, 09:14

fox wrote:Are we posting poems now or what?

Ghehehe... LOL
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby moontear » 15 Sep 2013, 16:44

I'd love to have this somewhere on the feature request queue :-)

https://code.google.com/p/pyrfeed/wiki/GoogleReaderAPI

Personally I loved to use Mr. Reader on iOS to view my feeds. Mr. Reader as well as other iOS feed readers support the GReader API - Mr. Reader now in particular lets me even enter a custom URL to synchronize, hence I could use self hosted TTRSS if TTRSS would support the GReader API
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby smeerbartje » 15 Sep 2013, 17:19

Did you check the Feever plugin? See this post for more details: http://www.talend-developer.com/install ... nytinyrss/
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby QuickBASIC » 16 Sep 2013, 05:27

smeerbartje wrote:
fox wrote:Are we posting poems now or what?

Ghehehe... LOL


Mine was a haiku.

smeerbartje wrote:Did you check the Feever plugin? See this post for more details: http://www.talend-developer.com/install ... nytinyrss/


Seems like most of the readers that support this on mobile are for iOS, I could only find one Android app that worked with fever... Are there any others I didn't see?
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby smeerbartje » 16 Sep 2013, 07:43

Sorry, don't know, since I'm an iOS user...
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Re: Support the Google Reader API

Postby fox » 21 Sep 2013, 16:04

In case it wasn't obvious for the less sharp people around, google reader or whatever other dead platform API support is not going to happen within tt-rss core. Stop posting and creating tickets about it, make a plugin instead, like Fever plugin guy did.

Read the fucking rules before posting.
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