openkapow Launches

John Musser, December 7th, 2006

openkapowAs most mashup developers know, only a small fraction of the most useful data on the web is provided through a proper API. This is why parsing data from RSS feeds or screen-scraping HTML is such a widely used mashup technique. But often that’s a lot of work, the kind of work that’s better done by a tool than by hand coding every time.

To address this need, established enterprise tool provider and ProgrammableWeb sponsor Kapow Technologies this week are launching openkapow, a mashup-focused developer community. The new site leverages their visual programming language and IDE to build robots that run on the Kapow Mashup Server. Together they turn any web page into a structured data source. Built-in support includes core technologies like RSS and REST. Tutorials take you through creating an RSS robot to read from Digg, a REST robot to search with Google, and a Web Clip robot to parse Wired News.


Previously their tools had been only available for enterprises (case studies here) but with this week’s announcement the company is making this available to individual mashup developers. The client download is free as is hosting and running robots on their server. The goal, as founder and CEO Stefan Andreasen describes is “we hope to accelerate the adoption of mashups in the enterprise through the network effect and grassroots momentum that a large open community can generate.”

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5 Responses to “openkapow Launches”

December 7th, 2006
at 4:28 am
Comment by: Avoid the Noid

Hoping its free, looks great if it is!

December 7th, 2006
at 6:34 am
Comment by: Andreas

Of course openkapow is free to use.

December 7th, 2006
at 9:22 am
Comment by: Frank Meier

For web scraping and mashups on a Windows server, I highly recommend “iMacros” ( It is reliable and comes with very good support.

December 11th, 2006
at 11:26 am
Comment by: Shoob » Blog Archive » links for 2006-12-11

[...] openkapow Launches Le genre d’appli qui va simplifier la collecte et ré-organisation de données sur le web. (tags: API crawler mashup rss Web web2.0) [...]

December 15th, 2006
at 12:28 am
Comment by: » Blog Archive » Covering Mashup Growth

[...] The growth of mashups continued throughout 2006: Dion Hinchcliffe does a good thorough review of the state of mashups today: lots of examples but lots of unanswered questions and models yet to be defined or proven (the “value proposition”), potential support issues, monetization questions, lack of tools as an obstacle to broader growth (and he draws good analogy to how tools and library helped spread Ajax like wildfire) but the promising advent of new tools like JackBe Presto and the recently profiled Kapow. [...]

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