Troubleshoot an RSS feed reader application in Android

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

I recently found a problem in the SparseRSS open source Android application.

This incident happens with a specific feed:

http://www.prensalibre.com/rss/latest

When an  update to this feed is requested, it fails with the following message:

Error: At line 1, column  0: no element found

In contrast, another RSS feed that works under any circumstances is this

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/feeds/1/business/

I have started inspecting the application using Eclipse.

The  de.shandschuh.sparserss.handler package  contains two .java files.

They correspond to two classes: PictureFileNameFilter and RSSHandler

The RSSHandler is the class in which I am interested. This is the one that contains the logic for parsing