NewsGator HTTP report card

Mark Pilgrim recently posted a set of feeds to test proper HTTP support in aggregators. Here’s how NewsGator fares. Note that you won’t be able to test these yourself, as Mark’s test feeds are Atom feeds; this was based on NewsGator 1.3 beta code with Atom support. “Success” below means NewsGator behaved correctly according to the spec.

  • 200 – success
  • 220 – success
  • 300 – success
  • 301 – success
  • 302 – success
  • 307 – eek, this was broken. Fixed for 1.3.
  • 320 – success
  • 400 – success
  • 404 – success
  • 410 – not implemented in 1.2, but added to 1.3 (feed will be removed when this status code is returned)
  • 420 – success
  • 500 – success
  • 520 – success
  • 403 – success
  • gzip – success
  • etag – success
  • last-modified – success
  • authentication – success
The two marked with * succeeded according to the network traces I have, but I believe the feeds are broken. I’ll update this when I hear back from Mark about it.
Update: the etag and last-modified feeds are now fixed and working correctly – thanks Mark. NewsGator also succeeds with the new authentication test.

6 thoughts on “NewsGator HTTP report card

  1. Mark

    ETag and Last-Modified tests are fixed. Thanks!

    Also adding authentication tests now. Those are labelled MAY, though, so no biggie. Probably will become a competitive advantage to support them eventually, but no biggie for the moment.

  2. NewsGator HTTP report card

    Congratulations to Greg Reinacker for being the first to publish proper HTTP support results. Two problems each were found in NewsGator and the tests themselves, all have been fixed. Users of NewsGator should see the improvments in an upcoming 1.3 re…[more]

  3. Derek Murray

    I apologise if I have misinterpreted your post, but will a feed be automatically removed on encountering a 410?

    If so, will all of the posts for that feed be preserved?

    I ask because, once a feed has gone altogether, some/many readers may want to keep the old posts for historical interest.




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