So this morning I gave ChatGPT a few nudges/samples and it generated a basic Python script to create the feed. GitHub Copilot took care of some refinements and GitHub Actions took care of generating the feed once per hour and providing it via GitHub Pages.
A couple of things struck me as I put this together:
- I didn’t use a single Google tool apart from Chrome/Chromium to do this
- How many people would even know where to start with running this on Google infra/tools?
- Presumably the first two days would have involved getting an auth flow working
- The Chrome Developer “blog” homepage is a perfect example of the awfulness of modern web dev:
- A page that is updated maybe once a week is dynamically client-side generated
- A page with maybe 400 words of text requires 1.3MB plus 10MB for resources
- Lighthouse needs a visible-readable-content-size vs overall-payload-size metric that brutally penalises tech bloat
- Unrelated - Would an LLM on the Google indexers help with identifying content farms?
- A 70KB RSS file provides more value and is more readable
- A blog without an RSS feed isn’t a blog. Find another word.
We need Team Chainsaw for a better lighter web but I know it’s too late
I hope you find the feed useful.