Thursday, July 05, 2007

Mashup Creators

A mashup is a website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. They were once something that geeks pulled together typically overlaying information onto a map or pulling together two information sources in some interesting way. In the past you needed tob e a pretty good programmer to create and publish a mashup.

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have all nearly simultaneously released mashup creators which are accessible to the the average users.
The approach that all of these tools take is that its the content that is important and that's what you should be caring about, leave all the code to us. This is great news for the average user who doesn't want to mes with JavaScript but still wants to see his/her data in a useful way.

The ease with which you can now create a mashup and how its slowly gaining acceptance in the non-programmer community is similar to the way in which websites were developed. It used to be that you needed to be an experienced web-developer to create your own website but today almost anybody can create their own using WYSIWYG tools.

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