Blog Posts by kent brewster

  • Developer Spotlight:

    Randy Troppmann (with designer/developer Sarah Ramsden) reports continued success with the Yahoo! Maps and Flickr APIs on Visitors can create, edit, save, share, and add Flickr photos to maps of their favorite running routes. Or, if you've forgotten your permalink, you can search over 13,000 user-generated routes.


    RunningMap is quick, easy to use, and does just the sort of thing we were hoping for when we started opening up the APIs: it meets an ongoing need that could only be expressed and fulfilled by a committed online community. Congratulations, folks; we'll see you on the road.

    Kent Brewster, Yahoo! Developer Network

  • Greetings from Mashup Camp 4

    The fourth iteration of Mashup Camp and Mashup University went off without a hitch last week, Monday through Thursday at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, CA.

    Best Mashup Winners:

    First prize: Chime TV, by Taylor McKnight and Chirag Mehta. Really sweet all-Flash video aggregator, featuring video from all over the web. (Here's Mashup Camp founder David Berlind, bouncing off ZDNet, YouTube, and Chime.TV, about how mash-ups work.) This was Mr. McKnight's second first-prize win; his first was two years ago, for Podbop.

    Second prize: The Telephone Game, by John Herren. Responding to suggestions from the demo audience during two rounds of Speed Geeking, John built an application that took one input term, ran it through a bunch (six or seven, by the end of the second session) different search engines, and showed the results as it went along.

    Third prize: ClubStumbler, by Nate Ritter and Chris Radcliffe. The designated driver's best friend, ClubStumbler helps you plot the best

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  • Road Trip: First Stop on Adobe’s AIR Bus Tour

    Just back from the first stop on the Adobe AIR Bus Tour; here are some quick impressions:

    Big Red Bus

    In addition to seamless integration with Flash, AIR is very easy for HTML developers to use and understand. You write an XML wrapper around your HTML source, your HTML brings in your CSS and JavaScript, AIR brings everything up in WebKit, and it's running, just like that. I've got a tiny proof-of-concept on my personal site; it's a stand-alone Yahoo! search widget that weighs in at a whopping 4642 bytes. More sample applications are coming online in a steady stream; check out Tweetr, Pownce, and Jack Slocum's ExtJS. Community sites are also popping up; see, the Adobe Labs Showcase, and the AIR Applications Wiki, for example.

    The bus-tour concept is outstanding. They've taken a luxury motor coach, shrink-wrapped it in bright Adobe red, and filled it with everything a hard-working nerd needs--sketchy bandwidth, Guitar Hero, heavily-caffeinated beverages, and sixteen tons of O'Reilly

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