Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services / Edition 1

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Overview

The modern Web is awash with data and services just waiting to be used, but how do you make effective use of all this information? The answer lies in APIs (such as Google Maps, Flickr, and Amazon Web Services) and remixing, or mashups. Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services teaches you everything you need to create useful, dynamic real–world applications using APIs, web services, Ajax, web standards, and server–side languages. All you need to make full use of this book is basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and at least one server–side language (such as PHP or ASP.NET).

Highlights include the following:

  • Looks at the overall shape of todays Web from a developers point of view—what are its main features, and what is available for us to use to develop applications?
  • Contains real–world examples of creating mashups using all the major APIs.
  • Contains examples written in multiple server–side languages.

What you’ll learn

  • How the constituent parts of the modern Web fit together—web standards, Ajax, APIs, libraries, tagging, blogs, wikis, and more
  • How to create different types of mashup, for example mapping mashups, search functionality, calendars, RSS/Atom feeds, social bookmarking, online storage systems, open document formats, and more
  • How to build Web 2.0 applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, server–side languages, APIs, and libraries

Who this book is for

This book is for any web developer who is already comfortable with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and at least one server–side language and wants to learn how to create Web 2.0 applications.

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Meet the Author

Raymond Yee is a data architect, consultant, and trainer. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Information of the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches the course "Mixing and Remixing Information". While earning a Ph.D. in biophysics, he taught computer science, philosophy, and personal development to K-11 students in the Academic Talent Development Program on the Berkeley campus. He is the primary architect of the Scholar's Box, software that enables users to gather digital content from multiple sources to create personal collections that can be shared with others. As a software architect and developer, he focuses on developing software to support learning, teaching, scholarship, and research.

Raymond is an erstwhile tubaist, admirer of J. S. Bach, Presbyterian elder, aspiring essayist, son of industrious Chinese-Canadian restaurateurs, and devoted husband of the incomparable Laura.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    Great for professionals; maybe not for Amateurs

    As you might expect from the word 'Pro' in the title, this book provides an excellent comprehensive resource for professional web developers. <BR/><BR/>Many of the mashup development environments that have appeared in the last year or two -- like Microsoft Popfly, Yahoo! Pipes, Google Mashup Editor (GME) and Dapper -- are aimed at novices and professionals alike. For keen amateurs, or what we used to call "power users", who want to have a go at mashing up web content, this book might be a little ambitious. It's not a criticism of the book, but an acknowledgement of what I consider to be the target audience. <BR/><BR/>One chapter that I was pleased to see included is the chapter on making YOUR web site mashable. It is all too easy to look at mashup technologies purely from the 'consumer' side of the equation, so this opposite angle is most interesting.

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