We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs.
So we developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. It reflects the lessons learned from our years of work reading and publishing feeds.
Update 2013.03.18: Just took Tiny Tiny RSS for a spin. It works as advertised (it collects your feeds and you can stroll through them), but I found it not that great (the concept of the reading pane just doesn’t work, some frontend bugs, couldn’t get the authentication plugin to work although it was enabled, etc.).
I also took a look at the underlying PHP code and it’s very worrisome — it looks like my PHP code from 10 years ago. Above that the project contains some half-assed attempts such as the digest mode and mobile mode (which are not implemented correctly) which got me worrying even more about the quality of the product.
Guess I’ll have to look for an other alternative …
Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible.
Don’t like the look and feel but might give it a shot …