Jerod Santo

Stringer: a self-hosted, anti-social RSS reader

With July 1st’s closing of Google Reader looming ever closer, the open source community has risen to the challenge of providing viable alternatives to the popular feed reading service.

Stringer is Matt Swanson’s entry into the RSS ecosystem. Matt describes Stringer like so:

Stringer has no external dependencies, no social recommendations/sharing, and no fancy machine learning algorithms. But it does have keyboard shortcuts and was made with love! When BIG_FREE_READER shuts down, your instance of Stringer will still be kicking.

Here’s a screenshot of it in action. (Bonus points for featuring a Changelog post!)

Stringer is written in Ruby and built on Sinatra with a PostgreSQL datastore. It deploys easily to Heroku and is a self-professed work-in-progress. One thing the web app currently lacks is a solid mobile offering, so please get involved if you have mobile ideas and/or chops!

The project is MIT licensed and hosted on GitHub.


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