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About the Author

Raymond Yee is a data architect, consultant, and trainer. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Information of the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches the course "Mixing and Remixing Information". While earning a Ph.D. in biophysics, he taught computer science, philosophy, and personal development to K-11 students in the Academic Talent Development Program on the Berkeley campus. He is the primary architect of the Scholar's Box, software that enables users to gather digital content from multiple sources to create personal collections that can be shared with others. As a software architect and developer, he focuses on developing software to support learning, teaching, scholarship, and research.

Raymond is an erstwhile tubaist, admirer of J. S. Bach, Presbyterian elder, aspiring essayist, son of industrious Chinese-Canadian restaurateurs, and devoted husband of the incomparable Laura.

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Web Development
  • Paperback: 603 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2008 edition (March 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159059858X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598580
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paris Treantafeles on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Kudos to the author and publisher for this release.
This book is a tour de force of the subject of Mashups.

I was looking for a good book on this subject so that I could introduce it to students as part of an extra-curricular technology program in NYC and this book is perfect.

In a sentence, Mashups are created by taking data from one or more sources and making something new and useful from them.

In my opinion, the subject is very important because there is a vast amount of data that is available now. Today the challenge is not just finding data but putting to use. This book shows you how to do that.

The author's writing style is excellent, mixing theory and applications. The book is filled with hands on examples as well as references for research in each of the areas.

I believe that this book can be read by anyone interested in the subject, regardless of their technical background. For those that want to create Mashups without programming, this book shows you how. For those that want to delve into programming, everything that you need is covered including AJAX, PHP, various data formats and how to parse them, various Javascript libraries and more.

The book is laid out in four parts:

1. Remixing Information Without Programming
As the title suggests, the chapters in this section require no previous programming experience. The author walks through some specific examples, introduces terminology and analyzes how sites like Flickr and del.icio.us work so that you can get the most out of them. Tools such as Yahoo! Pipes (a browser-based visual application for Mashups and Remixing) are explored.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Friedman on April 7, 2008
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This is the type of book that you can either skim and get ideas from or sit down at a computer and work through all of the examples. The material is presented clearly and thoroughly illustrates different types of mashups. The book discusses how to use Yahoo Pipes and Google Mashup Editor, their respective map API's along with manipulating Flickr properties and API's. Integrating feeds and blogs into mashups are also described. Though not required, a reader would understand more of the book with some background in languages like javascript, php, and of course xml/html.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
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This book has something for anyone interested in constructing a mashup. Some of the highlights:

- A section about building mashups with minimal programming.
- Creating a mashup using APIs like Flickr, Delicious, or Google APIs (oh - and Amazon).
- A discussion of the broad set of tools available for making mashups like AJAX, XML, and Javascript and examples on how to implement a mashup using them.
- A discussion of other emerging or less popular tools like online calendars and online spreadsheets.
- A section on making your own website mashable.
- Information on setting up feeds.

The author also provides resources for more information throughout the book.

The one shortcoming I think this book has is that it covers a lot. A beginner could use it as well as someone who has been looking at mashup technology for a while. This makes the book pretty big. It is well organized though, so it is easy to get an overview without getting into the details right away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dean Rodina on July 28, 2008
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An excellent, up-to-date (2008) book on mashups including: a workmanlike overview of the components with real exercises, details of the services, list of leading websites supporting mashups with specific interactions/examples of several, resource links, etc. A common thread through the book is using Flickr services, which makes sense as a learning exercise -- theirs is a widely used and robust set of features and services. While I could actually care less about interacting with Flickr, it was a good learning tool, and if by chance you do want to use Flickr in your mashups, then order the book right now.

One point, though, is that while the author tries to speak to all levels of web developer, that doesn't succeed so well -- the topic is really pretty advanced for beginners. Though anyone can glean useful knowledge, this is really a book for mid-level and above developers. If your exposure to websites is limited to Photoshop and Dreamweaver, this is probably not the best book for you.

I use (mostly) PHP now (formerly Java and before that C++ and before that you don't want to know), and there were a lot of PHP-specifics (though not exclusive), which I appreciated. The scattered resource links were invaluable. I tend to be submerged in my own field, and don't have the time to keep up with every trend, and this book pointed out several sites/tools that are apparently widely known and used, but with which I was unfamiliar.

Excellent job.
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