On Bastard Apps

John Musser, August 11th, 2006

Duane Merrill over at IBM’s Developerworks just posted this good introductory overview Mashups: The new breed of Web app. He covers the various genres (as classified by tag here), the technologies including REST/SOAP, Ajax, RSS, RDF and screen scraping. And perhaps the most interesting part, the “Technical Challenges” section that looks at issues in data [...]

The WeatherMole Story

John Musser, May 19th, 2006

Just a quick pointer to a fun writeup by Jenny Shank about her husband Julien’s experiences of creating and publicizing the very good mashup WeatherMole. The second segment of the story is a great account of the cycle of publicity that many mashups hope for.
Jenny correctly guessed that early on I had noticed [...]

New Scientist: Mashups as Hacker Dream

John Musser, May 12th, 2006

The current issue of New Scientist has a good story by Paul Marks on mashup security entitled “Mashup websites are a hacker’s dream come true”. This is an interesting topic that hasn’t received a lot of attention yet, but will once a few headline-grabbing security breaches occur via mashups.
It covers a variety of issues [...]

International Mashup Scene

John Musser, April 26th, 2006

Web mashups got their start here in the US but the rest of the world is starting to catch-up. What are the clues? Take press coverage for one. There’s been a couple of good international stories on mashups the past few weeks, including these two:

Zerreiß mich, kopier mich: from Christian Stoecker at Der Spiegel covering [...]

Patricia Seybold on Mashups

John Musser, March 31st, 2006

In a post entitled Why “Mash Ups” Matter Patricia Seybold applies her customer-centric perspective to the topic of mashups. She begins by giving some background on the topic and then getting into the core of her points which are that mashups enable customers to creatively consume your brand experience and that if you build them [...]

Newsweek Mash-up Mashup

John Musser, March 6th, 2006

Newsweek’s March 6th issue covers the mashup trend in Time For Your Mash-Up?. The article covers all three main flavors of mashups: music, video, and web. As with the CBS coverage last week, it’s a good, concise, mainstream introduction. Thanks to Dion Hinchcliffe for pointing me to this story.
Nice of reporter N’gai Croal to [...]

CBS News Covers Mashups

John Musser, February 27th, 2006

Veteran technology reporter Larry Magid just published this good introductory story on mashups and Mashup Camp over CBS News. Nice to see some more mainstream media coverage. And, as a bonus, you can also listen to Larry’s podcast interviews with myself, Taylor McKnight (creator of Podbop which won the best mashup award at last week’s [...]

Mashups in the UK News

John Musser, February 3rd, 2006

Yesterday’s Guardian (UK) has a good story by Jack Schofield on mashups entitled “It’s all in the mix“. The subtitle reads “What do you get if you combine, say, the tagging system from one site with the RSS feed of another? A software mashup, one of the hits of Web 2.0.”
Gives a well-rounded background on [...]

Mashup Ecosystem on ZDNet

John Musser, January 28th, 2006

David Berlind’s ZDNet post yesterday does a very nice job of analyzing the “exploding mashup ecosystem” and draws some accurate comparisons between the traditional operating system platforms and the new Internet platform. Check-out the diagrams. This ties nicely to some updates coming here soon.

SF Chronicle Covers Mashups

John Musser, November 15th, 2005

In a story published yesterday, Era of the mash-ups Newest Web sites among Net’s hottest phenomena, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Verne Kopytoff does a very good job of covering the mashup space (including some quotes from myself, so perhaps I’m a bit biased on this one). Key points include: there’s no precise definition of exactly [...]

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