Chapter 5Mashups: A Behavior and a Technology

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By Vince Casarez

In technology, a mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool; an example is the use of cartographic data from Google Maps to add location information to real-estate data from Craigslist, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source.

Mashup originally referred to the practice in pop music (notably hip-hop) of producing a new song by mixing two or more existing pieces.

Wikipedia, circa June 2008

Although this Wikipedia entry provides a reasonably good overview of what a mashup can do, it doesn’t really ...

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