Catherine Devlin, a python and Oracle connoisseur, published Planet CodeMash using Yahoo Pipes! Lots of attendees of codeMash are bloggers, as published at: http://groups.google.com/group/codemash/web/2008-codemash-bloggers and instead of clicking into each link to keep up, you can use pipes to aggregate feeds together into one master list, pretty cool! You can check out here design notes here: http://catherinedevlin.blogspot.com/2008/12/planet-codemash-yahoo-pipes.html
Brief background on Pipes [source: Yahoo] – Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web. Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs:
- combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.
- geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map.
- power widgets/badges on your web site.
- grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats.
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Pipes sounds interesting, I’ve read about it, but haven’t yet had a chance to get my hands dirty with it yet. I myself aggregate a TON of RSS feeds using NetVibes; I highly recommend them, not only can you organize content cleanly with tabs, it’s highly extensible with widgets – moving ever so closer to the elusive web desktop! I myself use it as a glorifed RSS aggregation tool, and it works better than great!