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Brett O'Connor

ISBN: 978-0-470-14777-1

Jan 2007

381 pages

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Description offers millions of Web users an online social network in which to collect, organize, and share their favorite web resources. Using an underlayer of tools offered by, you now have the potential to tap into this social network in order to expand your own website to a whole new array of possibilities. This book will help you make the most of these possibilities and encourages you to use your own innovative ideas to create something useful, unique, and even fun.


Part I: The Mashup-Friendly Web.

Chapter 1: Web 2.0 and


Organizing Your Bookmarks.

Using Bookmarklets.

Socializing with Other Users.

Exploring the Community.

Chapter 2: and the Mashup. A Mashup Pioneer.

RSS Feeds for (Almost) Every Page.

The Application Programming Interface (API).

Chapter 3: Going Deeper Inside the API. as a Subsystem.


The API Methods.

Language-Specific API Libraries.

RSS versus API.

Chapter 4: Other Mashable Software.


Yahoo! Search.

Amazon Web Services.


Google Search.


Firefox Extensions.

Part II: Get Ready to Mash.

Chapter 5: Mashup Tools.

Understanding Editors.

Setting Up a Web-Development Environment.

Installing phpMyAdmin.

Setting Up a Weblog.

Accounts and API Keys.

Chapter 6: More Mashup Technologies.

Web Development Technologies: HTML, XHTML, and CSS.

Data Storage and Transfer with PHP.

Other Methods and Software.

Chapter 7: Mashup Techniques.

A Deliciously Simple JSON Remix.

Using PHP and MySQL for Full-Bodied Flavor.

Taking It to the Desktop.

Part III: Mashups and Remixes.

Chapter 8: Mashing and WordPress.

Sharing Your Daily Discoveries.

Spreading Your Ideas.

Tracking Your Popularity.

Combining Relevant Bookmarks.

Using the Play Tagger for Your MP3 Links.

Chapter 9: Remixing with Greasemonkey.

Greasemonkey Explained.


Customizing the User Interface.

Fetching Remote Data.

Chapter 10: Remixing RSS Feeds.

Cleaning Up Tag Feeds.

Media Tag Remix: An Image Feed Slideshow.

Media Tag Remix: An MP3 Jukebox.

Chapter 11: Mashing It Up with Web Services.

The HotJobs, eBay, and Flickr Autobookmarking Scripts.

Amazon: Caching Pages with S3.

Part IV: Mashups Applied: A Research Project Hub.

Chapter 12: Collecting References with a Custom Firefox Plug-In.

Starting a Firefox Extension.

Creating the Rally Poster User Interface.

Completing the Rally Poster Extension.

Deploying the Rally Poster Extension.

Chapter 13: Aggregating, Organizing, and Displaying Your Research.

Basic Page Layout.

Adding Styles.

Adding a Quick Posting Form.

Chapter 14: Bringing in Other Web Services.

Adding a Calendar.

Implementing Maps.

Chapter 15: Managing Incoming Links.

Part V: Looking Forward with

Chapter 16: New and Different Directions.

Desktop, Web, and Mobile Clients.

New Perspectives on Data.

Effective Mashups.

The Future of

Appendix A: Exercise Answers.

Appendix B: Sympathy for the API-Enabled Web Services.


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