I was reading in the .Net Magazine issue that I’ve got sitting in my bathroom a little about Yahoo! Pipes. Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web. Pipes can be used to combine a bunch of different feeds into one easy to manage feed that users can sort, filter and even geocode.
Looking at screenshots and video it looks a LOT like database software (for instance Microsoft Access). I wonder if Pipes can be combined with Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) since it all looks pretty database-y (why yes, that is a technical term!) The difference is that Pipes looks really easy and has a lot of drag-and-drop options. Doesn’t look like you really need to be a database programmer to use it.
Yahoo pipes sounds really neat – are any of my readers currently using it? I think it might be a cool idea to get some real, useable content onto my ‘military blog’. The blog has been really lacking lately due to the fact that I really have zero clue what to use it for. I like posting news items and reviews of products and companies that support the military, but I think it needs more.
I’m thinking of trying out Pipes. I will let you know how it goes 🙂
Great Video Tutorial: “Learn How to Build a Pipe in Just a Few Minutes”