Flickr Mashup Books

John Musser, September 20th, 2006

Flickr HacksWant to learn how to code your own mashups? Try reading a book. There’s a growing library of books available now that are either fully or partially dedicated to programming mashups. I’ll start a series of posts on these books starting with a few for the Flickr API:

  • Building Flickr Applications with PHP: by Rob Kunkle and Andrew Morton for Apress. A new title just published two months ago. FYI, Andrew created Phlickr the handy PHP wrapper for Flickr’s API, which they make use of in the book.
  • Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online: another good one from the O’Reilly’s Hacks series, this one by Paul Bausch and Jim Bumgardner with a forward from Flickr founder Caterina Fake. The bulk of the book is on Flickr in general but the last two chapters dig into the API and coding Flickr mashups. Jim has created lots of very creative, very popular Flickr mashups including Coverpop and Color Fields Colr Pickr.
  • Flickr Mashups: by David M. Wilkinson for Wrox. Not yet published, due in January but looks interesting.

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September 20th, 2006
at 11:46 am
Comment by: Web Things Considered » The results of having a successful API

[...] APIs were the topic at our Septemeber Web Innobators meeting and Adam has some notes. On the topic of what companies get out of having an API, if it’s good enough, people will write books about it. We’ve seen it with the Google Hacks and Amazon Hacks books and now the trend continues with a line of Flickr books. I’d argue that this is a good sign that your service has arrived, helps to increase mindshare and gets more people using your service, which ultimately will increase the bottom line. But, again the key here is it has to be from a service that’s compelling enough. So, producing an API to your new web service is probably not important to get in the intial set of features. But, if your service starts to gain traction, you better be considering it. [...]

September 25th, 2006
at 9:16 pm
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February 12th, 2007
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Comment by: ProgrammableWeb.com » Blog Archive » 200 Photo Mashups

[...] And, if you want to program your own Flickr mashups, last fall we looked at 3 how-to books on Flickr mashups, the newest of which, Flickr Mashups by David A. Wilkinson, just hit the stores two weeks ago. We’ll have more on this and other mashup books coming-soon. [...]

August 11th, 2007
at 8:35 pm
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