Mashup

mashupcamp

douglas-karrThis week I’m in attendance at the first annual Mashup Camp i Mountain View, CA. Definitionen af ​​en mashup som pr Wikipedia is ‘a website or web application that combines content from more than one source’. To me, this simply means an integrated web application. In the last year or so, I’ve built several ‘Mashups’ or been involved in several Mashups.

Coming to the first Camp, though, has been an incredible experience. Meeting with developers big and small as well as the companies who are driving the technology has been fantastic. Though I am buried deep in the confines of Silicon Valley, I’m really starting to catch the bug! Web 2.0 is coming. You should be excited about it because it means rapid development, fewer problems bringing products to market, and easier integration.

Nogle seje ting:

  • Eventful.com - dette er et utroligt værktøj bygget på evdb (Events & Venues Database) API. Nogle af anvendelserne er virkelig bemærkelsesværdige ... for eksempel kan du uploade din iTunes-afspilningsliste og få en kalender tilbage med de begivenheder, der er knyttet til dem. WOW. Udviklerne udviklede endda en IM-bot, som du kan stille spørgsmål til. (Begivenheder i NYC i aften? Og det kommer tilbage med alle begivenhederne i New York City i aften).
  • Yahoo! og Google vender GIS-verdenen på hovedet med den åbne frigivelse af udvikling API værktøjer til adresserensning, geokodning og kortlægning. Jeg arbejdede for en leverandør for 5 år siden, der brugte hundreder af tusinder af dollars på værktøjer som dette, som nu er tilgængelige over nettet, som alle kan bruge.
  • flyspy.com – this company has built an application that basically rips the clothes off the airline industry and puts their crappy pricing schemes out there for the world to see! Are you checking on a flight price and wonder why it’s never changing? This guys tool might show you that you’re wasting your time… it may never change!
  • StrikeIron.com - Internets salgsautomat til applikationsprogrammeringsgrænseflader.
  • mFoundry.com – these folks are the masters of mobile integration. They demo’d a system where I could actually watch how my mobile-enabled application runs on the phone through a web interface!
  • Mozes.com – another Mobile tech mashup, these guys have some cool stuff. Right now they have a system released where you can text message the call letters of a radio station to find out the song that’s playing on the radio.
  • Runningahead.com - ved hjælp af Google Maps byggede disse folk en grænseflade til undervisere, cyklister, løbere osv. Til at logge deres kilometer. Ikke bare kortlægning af miles, men også visning af højdeforandringerne, der er på vej !!!
  • Mapbuilder.net – this guy works out of his garage in his spare time and has built a GUI interface to build your own maps using Google or Yahoo! Not only that, but he’s developing his own API det er generisk og taler med nogen af ​​de andre GIS API'er. Frickin strålende !!!

Microsoft, Salesforce.com, ExactTarget, Zend, PHP, MySQL, Yahoo!, Google, eBay, Amazon… all the big boys were present. The nice thing, though… was that they were there to help and guide the ‘mashers’, not to push their technologies on each other. I didn’t see any flagrant sales pushes. The entire camp was really there to get the companies and the developers to unite to begin the ‘Mashup’ movement.

What a killer week! I have so much to bring back to my company as we continue to expand our own API. As well, it will be great fun to ‘Mashup’ our application with so many others. Not sure how much sleep I’ll get in the next month or two!

For mere information, gå til Mashupcamp.com. You can also register early for next year’s Mashup! I’ll see you there.

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