Feed parsing for the rest of us.
SimplePie is a very fast and easy-to-use class, written in PHP, for reading RSS and Atom syndication feeds. By keeping it simple, and focusing on what’s important, we’ve built a pretty sweet little API. SimplePie’s focus has been two-fold: speed and ease of use, and has been very successful on both fronts.
There are plenty of ways you can use SimplePie. Whether you want to use it as a traditional news reader, a way to bring feeds into your pages, bookmarks or asides with a nifty AJAX interface, or anything else feed-related, SimplePie can handle it.
SimplePie 1.0 Preview Release was announced on 9 Jan 2006.
After working with Magpie RSS for a while, and having not had much experience with PHP at that point, I discovered that Magpie was kind of a pain to use. Sure, there’s a lot that it can do (it’s a great parser, by the way), but it wasn’t particularly beginner-friendly.
When we built SimplePie, we wanted to make it dead-easy for PHP beginners to be able to pick it up immediately, but still allow greater functionality for the more advanced PHP coders. We think we’ve been pretty successful with that.