A Mashup Primer
- By Matt Stephens
This article at IBM’s DeveloperWorks provides an informative introduction to web mashups.
In a nutshell, a mashup is a web page showing data from more than one third-party data source (the Google Maps API springs to mind). The data can be an API, or can be “scraped” from a normal HTML page (most commonly via regular expressions or XPath queries, assuming the HTML is sufficiently well-formed).
The article divides mashups into several prominent genres: mapping; video and photo; search and shopping; and news.
If you’ve heard of mashups but want to know a little more about why they’re the “buzzword du jour”, the article is well worth a read.
More about a particular breed of mashup tomorrow...