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Yahoo's Pipes Are Open

Posted on 2.07.2007
Yahoo has developed what looks like an amazing way to string applications together by taking (or piping) the output of one application into the input of another. Think of it as an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. What this means is that you can condense multiple RSS feeds into one and re-order them based on a set of your criteria, and dump the output into a brand new RSS feed. The possibilities are endless.

The Pipes.Yahoo.com site is not available at the moment so until we can test this mysterious program out for ourselves, here is a little more on Yahoo's Pipes project from Tim O'Reilly:

Using the Pipes editor, you can fetch any data source via its RSS, Atom or other XML feed, extract the data you want, combine it with data from another source, apply various built-in filters (sort, unique (with the "ue" this time:-), count, truncate, union, join, as well as user-defined filters), and apply simple programming tools like for loops. In short, it's a good start on the Unix shell for mashups. It can extract dates and locations and what it considers to be "text entities." You can solicit user input and build URL lines to submit to sites. The drag and drop editor lets you view and construct your pipeline, inspecting the data at each step in the process. And of course, you can view and copy any existing pipes, just like you could with shell scripts and later, web pages.

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