Web and Enterprise Mashups for Web Services and Data
This next screenshot shows a service being tested directly in the tool. Please note that the server needs to be started for auto-deployment. Also, because the tool automatically imports the data source and creates all the back-end logic, this provides a very flexible environment for mashup creation. Other data sources now can be imported in a similar way and their output can be aggregated into a new data source/Web Service, visually, within the tool. The possibilities are numerous at this point.
Conclusion: The Darwin Theory Lives Online!
Looking at the concept of mashups in the web applications, one can easy realize that combining various APIs, data sources, and feeds to create new uses is a way to create almost countless new and unique web applications. For example, combining maps—with apartment search data, with the restaurant location data, with the train route and with an address book—will show the best places to find real estate that is close to friends, convenient for commuting, and is near good places to eat. But, not all of the mashups will be successful, and as in the Darwin Theory of evolution, only the fittest or the most popular will survive. The unpopular applications will eventually disappear.
It will be interesting to see what new web application will appear and thrive and which ones will die off. In the enterprise area, it will be interesting to see what new tools will evolve and what other features they will provide.
- Intel Mash Maker
- Google Mashup Editor
- Microsoft Popfly
- Serena Mashup Composer
- Yahoo pipes
About the Author
Vlad Kofman works on enterprise-scale projects for major Wall Street firms. He also has worked on defense contracts for the U.S. government. His main interests are object-oriented programming methodologies, UI, and design patterns.
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