Building Alkonost: Aggregated RSS News Reader

Hello.

Overview

I’m currently working on this new project called Alkonost. It’s basically an web app that gives you news from a variety of sources.

I’m building it right now to help diversify my own news reading. Version 1.0 will have a set amount of connected new feeds and categories.

The initial categories for the app will be

  • Tech
  • Business
  • Sports
  • Politics

The tech

The application is mostly built with the ionic framework. It is a useful tool for building mobile web applications with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I highly recommend if you are trying to build hybrid applications.

I also have to write a RSS parser in the app. I found a library that does most of the hard work for me. However, there is still some kinks I need to work out.

Most of the tech for this project was built out 2 months back for a tutorial I created. I am repurposing that code and publishing it.

The main issue right now is the exerpts creation. A user should not be able to view the entire article within the app. Instead, they should only be able to view an shortened version.


I will write more regarding this project as it progresses. That’s all I have for now.