I've been a big fan of Yahoo! Pipes ever since it launched. Pipes is unique in making the world of feeds accessible and "mashable" in a friendly browser-based development environment.
But it's always felt like there was a missing piece too. Pipes is easy enough for novice (or even non-) programmers to use, but what it ultimately produces is a data feed intended to be consumed by a program.
Pipes Badges change all that. If you can add a one-line script tag to a web page, you can visually display the output of a pipe on you own web site. To learn more about this, I got together with Paul Donnelly for a demo. Here's the video.
You'll notice that these badges do more that render an RSS feed as a list. If the feed contains photo data, you can get a slide show. And if the feed contains geocoded data, you can get a map badge.
In my mind, this is the first of several steps to making pipes output more useful to a larger class of data junkies.
Thanks to Paul for making time to go over the Badges.
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