Monday, April 28, 2008

Yahoo! Pipes

I've been playing around with Yahoo! Pipes. It's a nice way to combine information from various web sources, and combine/manipulate the result into something else. Here are some pipes I've created.

The simplest is a Tim O'Reilly feed (who blogged about Pipes himself). His blog is actually part of a larger blog with posts from other people. I only wanted to see his posts so I wrote a pipe that filters out all but those where he's the author.

Pipes can also screen scrape from sites pretty well. There's a pipe that gives the upcoming schedule of the TCJUG, which is not available via RSS.

Finally there's a pipe that will create an RSS feed of all the recent games of a collection of teams, using RSS feeds from Yahoo! And since I've also been playing around with GWT, I wrote a (client-side-only) page where you can select your favorite teams and generate an RSS feed for them using that pipe.