Create a Javascript-Based "River of News" -- No Server Required

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I've played around with Dave Winer's River 2 and River 3, but ultimately these solutions are expensive because they require a server to process the RSS feeds included in an OPML file. (Here's Dave's River so you know what it looks like.) I used to run my River using EC2 for Poets and the Amazon Web Services bill was way too high just to publish a feed reader.

Fotis Evangelou has developed a client-side feed reader based on javascript called AMJR (Asynchronous Multifeed JavaScript Reader). I've adapted his slightly for my own "river" about iOS Automation. All I had to do was create my own list of feeds and do some tweaking of the CSS and HTML to remove the fixed content area on the right.

Like the OPML Editor River of News, there are no bells and whistles here. You can't read full feeds within the "app" or 'Send to Instapaper' or star an item to save it in Pinboard. But it's a good way to just view headlines from your favorite feeds. And because it's a static app and the work is done in the browser, you don't incur server costs beyond just hosting the files somewhere.

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By Jeffrey Kishner, Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:59 PM.