More TLA's than you could poke a stick at
Ted Leung recently updated his list of RSS aggregators that allow gzip'ed feeds to include Awasu and mused whether all the plugins and channel hooks that Awasu supports make it the first AOP-like aggregator. What a cool idea! I'd never thought of it like that but it's not a bad description, especially with respect to channel hooks.
In case you don't already know, Aspect Oriented Programming is a new and funky of style of programming (object-oriented is soooo 90's). Instead of simply writing a list of instructions for the computer to follow, AOP is a little more free-wheeling and allows programmers to hook into an existing program by specifying actions to be carried out when certain things happen.
The analogy with channel hooks is easy to see. For example, Allan "The Plugin King" Wilson is finishing up a channel hook that gets invoked every time new content arrives and saves it in a MySQL database where you can then do whatever you want with it. Obviously a cool thing for an aggregator to be doing and a good example of the power that Awasu's extensibility offers. He's just putting the final spit and polish on the release. Can't wait!