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Yahoo! Pipes

Mark Pruett

May 18, 2007

Abstract

The Internet is transforming itself from a collection of web pages into a huge distributed database. There's a wealth of data out there—not just RSS and Atom feeds, but XML data on where to find a new apartment, how much to pay for a new car, how to see if there's a storm approaching. If the Internet is your new database, you need a tool to mine that data—to merge and sort and search and filter that data. That tool is Yahoo! Pipes. Widely touted as an RSS feed aggregator, Yahoo! Pipes is more than that. With Yahoo! Pipes you can manipulate virtually any web-accessible XML data source, and then publish these data mashups for anyone to use—anywhere.

This Short Cut shows you how to use Yahoo! Pipes. Examples illustrate the workings of every Yahoo! Pipes module (more than two dozen), and show how to incorporate these Pipes into your own web pages.

Web 2.0. The Semantic Web. The Programmable Web. Whatever names you apply to the phenomenon, it's clear: the Web is changing. It's not just about people reading web pages anymore. It's about computers talking to other computers—analyzing and synthesizing data from sources thousands of miles apart. It's making the world's knowledge accessible and malleable. The Internet is becoming a massive distributed database.

What does this have to do with Yahoo! Pipes? If the Internet ...

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