At the Forge - Creating Mashups
Creating mashups, combinations of existing Web services, can be a great deal of fun, and can make it easier to see patterns in data by putting them on a map. It requires that you have a good understanding of the underlying technologies and their quirks—but with a bit of work, you'll see that creating such mashups can be fun and exciting, and even entertaining. Moreover, as the Web becomes increasingly interconnected, and as applications continue to blur the distinction between the desktop and the Web, we should expect to see more of such mashups, rather than fewer of them.
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Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database consultant, is currently a PhD student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He and his wife recently celebrated the birth of their son Amotz David.
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