An RSS Feed for the Google Chrome Developer Blog

Because these things matter

Yesterday I was amused and faux-shocked to see that the company who did more to damage RSS than any other, got rid of the RSS feed for its Chrome Developer Blog.

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.

You can subscribe to the RSS Feed here. It has passed the W3C validator and works fine on Feedly.

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 that has almost no interactivity needs 109 requests (mostly JavaScript) to load
    • 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.

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I hope you find the feed useful.

Conor O'Neill

Tech guy who likes running slowly

Bandon, Cork, Ireland