Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley is an English emigré, living in Florence, Italy, with his wife, three greyhounds, and the Renaissance. Galileo's little finger is in a jar only 400 yards from his desk. For a day job, he writes for the British national press, appearing in The Times, The Guardian, and The Observer, but in his free time, he blogs excessively at As the author of Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom and Content Syndication with RSS, he survived the Great Fork Summer, and as a journalist he has been accosted by the secret police of two countries. To this day, he doesn't know which was worse.

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What Is Atom

So, what are the main differences between Atom and RSS? Apart from the process used to build the specification and the rigor of the documentation, Ben Hammersley writes in this introduction to the Atom Syndication Format that the two substantive differences are preservation of metadata and the concept of constructs. Ben is the author of Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom.