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Is there a programmatic source for checking what the latest version of Minecraft is?

For example a RSS feed or other URL from an official source that states the latest release version? Ideally without scraping HTML.

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mcupdate.tumblr.com, with which you can subscribe to with RSS, seems to reliably report the latest version as the newest post with the title Minecraft [x.x(.x)].

EDIT

I'm slightly drunk, and feeling bashy, so here's a command that will return the latest version of Minecraft:

 curl -s http://mcupdate.tumblr.com/rss | egrep -o -e 'le>Minecraft [0-9]\.[0-9]\.[0-9]|le>Minecraft [0-9]\.[0-9]' | head -1 | egrep -o -e '[0-9]\.[0-9]\.[0-9]|[0-9]\.[0-9]'
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More specifically, mcupdate.tumblr.com/rss –  EdGruberman Sep 13 '12 at 20:04
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+1 for "slightly drunk and feeling bashy." –  fbrereto Sep 14 '12 at 4:24
    
Can I get one of those for windows batch? –  Jeffrey Lin Sep 23 '12 at 12:31
    
@JeffreyLin No. –  fredley Sep 23 '12 at 23:09

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