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As mentioned in the last [What are you working on this week?] thread I’ve been working on a simple system to get stable release versions from Wikipedia, as an RSS feed.

There are a bunch of projects I use for work, and I maintain them via chef. I wanted the easiest way to keep track of their updates, without getting too much noise about beta releases. I looked around and found Wikipedia to be the best low-noise source.

What this does is you give a bunch of wikipedia pages of projects you use (and/or pick from the list of pages which are already tracked), and you get an RSS feed which updates whenever the ‘Release version’ entry on Wikipedia changes.


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    neat idea.

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      I agree, looks really quite nice. But I can’t help to wonder how up to date those Wikipedia articles are or even can be, if the are not directly updated by the author(s) after a new release? Does Wikipedia source them automatically? I’d guess “no”, but I do not know. Perhaps git tags and/or regexes on release pages would be good additional sources for some of that software.

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        There’s a Github-wiki-bot, that “automatically extracts stable releases and the release dates of Software from GitHub” as of August 2017 (Discussion to Wikidata property “software version”).

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          fantastic, thanks for the links!

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      Congrats on making an aesthetically pleasing site with no required (or even non-required!) 3rd party resources. I don’t have much use for the service itself, but I’ll definitely use this as an example of a well-built modern website!

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        Neat. :)

        In the same vein, there’s https://release-monitoring.org/