Friday, July 31, 2009

Power of Yahoo Pipes

Was wondering from many days what is this Yahoo Pipes all about. Knew it is something special. When i used it i was completely shocked. Its such a powerfull tool!! How can i describe it???

Pipes is a free online service that lets you remix popular feed types and create data mashups using a visual editor. You can use Pipes to run your own web projects, or publish and share your own web services without ever having to write a line of code.

Where does pipe come into play??
Suppose you are only interested in cricket and football news, Generally when you visit a sports website you see news associated with every sport. With yahoo pipes you can customise your results according to your needs with data inputs from various sports websites. The pipe i created is below:

An another pipe which u guys can create is regarding movie theatres. There are many multiplexes/theatres in Bangalore like Inox,PVR,Fun Cinemas etc.. All of them will have their own websites. You can obtain data from all these websites and create a pipe which gives you info about which movie is in which theatre etc!

Well source of input need not to be from websites alone. It could be a data from feeds of a site, google search results ,yahoo search results and also data from online spread sheets etc.
Once u create your pipe you can publish it and add it google reader, google homepage, yahoo page or embedd in your webisite

Yahoo Pipes is so simple and powerful that any can use learn and develop their own application. This one blog post of mine is not enough to describe the Yahoo Pipes. The feel of you guys learnin and designing your own pipes is completely different. So go ahead and give a try.

To get you started with watch this intro video: