Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feedly – The Best RSS News Reader by Far

A few years ago, back when I was a rookie software developer, I had a really good mentor (we should all be so lucky).  He shared with me that one of the key reasons for his success has been his passion for reading.  It really supplemented his thirst for knowledge and love of technology.  He said that as a developer we should be reading more content than any doctor would.  Now I’ve never been a doctor (duh) but I would think there would be a lot of reading in medical journals and books about the latest treatments, surgeries, viruses, etc.  Doctors have a lot of information to retain about their field and because the biological sciences are advancing at a very fast rate, it pays to stay on top if it all (as reflected in the number of patients they help).  The same applies to us developers.  Not too many industries evolve like the computing industry.  In the past 5 years we have seen a boom in cloud and mobile development.  For us to stay relevant and valuable as a programmer we must keep in the loop of the latest development technologies, even technologies we don’t use on a daily basis. 

For example, I recently learned played around with the Go programming language just to see what Google’s been up to and how modern programming languages are changing.  Not too shabby.

I try to learn a new language or API a year, but most of the time I just stay up to date with technologies I know and use often.  Which leads me to my latest discovery…

For anyone who has tried to use Google Reader on your iPad, you quickly realize that it sucks!  You can’t scroll.  What’s up with that? 

So I started looking around in the App Store for a new RSS Feed Reader.  I played with a few others until I come across Feedly


Feedly has a stylish interface and is very fast.  I like how it aggregates the content of my feeds into blocks where I can glance at them and determine if they’re worth my time.  I can also do small swipes to mark an article as read or do a large swipe to mark all the articles as read.  Of course, if you swipe in the opposite direction then it can un-mark them.


Feedly connects directly to my Google Reader account to grab all my RSS subscriptions.  If I click on the Settings icon on the bottom left I can select which feeds or feeder groups I want to look at first.
I can also add, modify, or delete any of my subscriptions.


Feedly provides clients for the iPhone and Android mobile platforms too.  Which views nicely on my Samsung Galaxy S3.


The guys and gals at Feedly did a really nice job creating a responsive and stylish UI.  If you have to look at a screen all day then you know what that’s worth.  Check it out @

Remember doctors developers to keep reading!  Keep yourself marketable and stay hungry for more.

P.S.  If you’re reading this Tom, I know you haven’t slacked off in your teachings.  ;)

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