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on May 27, 2009
This book is a good book but it really isn't about mashups. This is about data integration patterns (filter, aggregation, integration, etc.) are all data integration patterns that have been around for years. I think this book misses the real value of mashups. It doesn't focus on the ease of assembling a new application by sourcing existing systems capabilities including data, logic, and presentation. But there are some valuable patterns around data integration and a couple like Dashboard that are fundamentally mashups. The patterns also need more structure. He mixes patterns on technology, functionality, use cases, and best practices without distinguishing them as such. It is an informative book but calling it mashup patterns is a bit misleading.
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on April 20, 2009
A wonderful book - highly pragmatic. Chock full of real-world examples of benefits mashups can bring to an organization.

Similar to Design Patterns, provides a common language to abstract the nascent mashup conversation - so we can now describe mashup behaviors with a concise word or two rather than long-winded, easily-misunderstood descriptions.

I appreciate the deeply honest tone of the book as well - it's not just marketing fluff. Each pattern is both presented in context, and associated with its corresponding fragility rating. Helps to fundamentally understand the tensions and constraints of using the various patterns to solve problems.

It's a wide-ranging book. The title almost belies its true nature. It really provides a *practical* vision of the democratization of software - where not just the brilliant IT-geeks can write usable applications, but business folks as well.

Well, sometimes :)

In short, a very entertaining read - every page seems to have something new. Highly recommended.
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on April 16, 2010
Finally, I understand what *enterprise* mashups are about! As opposed to the books about "regular" kind of mashups with Google Maps, flickr, etc. this book is like a cookbook for how a a professional developer can build things faster for their users (and outshine their peers - ha ha). If you think mashups must have a presentation layer, or always integrate multiple apps, prepare to have your perceptions altered.

The examples alone are invaluable. If I was the author, I would have built a few of them and made my fortune that way instead of giving such great ideas to others.
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on April 21, 2009
A must read for any technologist who keeps an eye on the horizon, we can easily see Mashups playing a significant role in the definition of Web 3.0, and particularly for the Enterprise looking to innovate on a budget - I highly recommend this book.

Not only will the patterns discussed encourage you to think more clearly about Mashup implementations in particular, they will assist in the considerations of aggregate data in general, answering questions with regards to the gathering and manipulation of said data. The power of a pattern can be found in its transcendence of a specific technology, insights into how one might consider information manipulation are one of the significant benefits of reading this book.

This work equally transcends roles. Historically, pattern documentation has lent itself to developers and testers; however, anyone in or associated with IT will profit from the knowledge found on these pages, providing a common language for all. Once one clearly sees that they can obtain and manipulate data at will, the resulting brainstorm is a phenomena you will want to be well prepared for.

Place this book on your must read list, if you manage individuals that are expected to innovate, place it on their must read list too.
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on May 18, 2009
Ogrinz does an excellent job explaining how Mashups can unlock both typical and unique business problems through technology innovation. Instead of the worn out canned responses for common problems - he provides a new way to think about business and technology. The book doesn't force you to accept the concepts, instead each chapter provides a fresh perspective around the challenges any and every organization will face regardless of size. In the end if you can't see the potential - you essentially missed the point.
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on July 18, 2009
MASHUP PATTERNS: DESIGNS AND EXAMPLES FOR THE MODERN ENTERPRISE tells web providers how to use new mashup tools and techniques to add APIs on everything from RSS feeds to PDF files and Excel. Programming students learn how to apply software development basics to mashups, choosing ways to support enterprise efforts and offering patterns and guidance for all stages of mashup development cycles. Specific real-world examples make this a top pick for any computer collection.
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on May 20, 2009
One of the challenges with Web 2.0 technologies is too much marketing hype, not enough substance. Ogrinz does a great job of cutting through the noise and shows real world examples of how mashup technologies can be game changers for an enterprise.

Highly recommend this book.
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on April 27, 2009
There is a memorable scene in the movie Crocodile Dundee where, when confronted by a group of muggers threatening him and his female partner with a knife, Paul Hogan's character scoffs at the crim's flick-knife, pulls out his own foot-long blade and says "That's not a knife.. Now THAT's a knife"... Replace "knife" with "pattern" and you'll have some idea of the effect that Ogrinz has had on the nascent mashup industry.

While jive punks strut around the sidewalk of web 2.0, Ogrinz has met their challenge with an offering that leaves their pretensions in tatters. Drawing on the precedent set by the Gang of Four and attempted by many but effectively executed by few, Ogrinz takes the pattern approach to look at common business problems that can be addressed by mashup technology, categorises them and presents for the user a simple dissection of the problem and its solution.

Not afraid of real world contextualisation or addressing behaviours that go against the grain, Ogrinz provides case studies and a list of anti-patterns, but the overwhelming focus of this book is to distill the considerable intellectual capital he holds in the mashup domain and present a set of resources for the reader in a manner that is readable, entertaining and overwhelmingly informative and useful - a far cry from the often soporific or self-indulgent offerings that seem to plague the industry...

Plaudits for Ogrinz.
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on May 18, 2009
Possibly one of the most influential books that you'll pick up this year!

Ogrinz does a fantastic job of providing a solid overview of the space with detailed original thought into the implications of producing mashups for the enterprise. His work is both a fantastic learning tool and a handy reference for your desk.

One gets quite tired of buying "for the Enterprise" books and being presented with ideas that will not work in a large organization. Ogrinz has obvious skills in the Enterprise and that comes through in his book very clearly. A professionals reference if ever there were one.

This book goes way beyond the droll "another website technology" book and presents an architects view of using real technology within real businesses.

If you work in an Enterprise and are looking for ways to foster innovations in data collection and presentation this is the book for you!
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on April 5, 2009
"Michael has discovered and explained the secret to translating information into knowledge in ways that bely irrational human behavior. I wanted in on the secret!"
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