A mashup is a web page or application that combines data from two or more external online sources into an integrated experience. This book is your entryway to the world of mashups and Web 2.0. You will create PHP projects that grab data from one place on the Web, mix it up with relevant information from another place on the Web and present it in a single application.
This book is made up of five real-world PHP projects. Each project begins with an overview of the technologies and protocols needed for the project, and then dives straight into the tools used and details of creating the project:
- Look up products on Amazon.Com from their code in the Internet UPC database
- A fully customized search engine with MSN Search and Yahoo!
- A personal video jukebox with YouTube and Last.FM
- Deliver real-time traffic incident data via SMS and the California Highway Patrol!
- Display pictures sourced from Flickr in Google maps
All the mashup applications used in the book are built upon free tools and are thoroughly explained. You will find all the source code used to build the mashups used in this book in the code download section for this book.
Create PHP projects that grab and mix data from the likes of Google Maps, Flickr, Amazon, YouTube, MSN Search, Yahoo!, Last.fm, the Internet UPC Database, not to mention the California Highway Patrol Traffic service!
Chris Cornutt: "Overall, it's a great book - a definite purchase for anyone out there looking to see how to combine two or more web services into one seamless application."
Julio Garcia: "For web developers, in particular front-end developers with below expert level PHP skills (like myself), this book can be a great resource to learning about API's and web services."
Martin Maly: "The text is short enough to hold reader's attention, but full of valuable information... So, it has inspired at least me."
This book is a practical tutorial with five detailed and carefully explained case studies to build new and effective mashup applications.
Who this book is for
If you feel confident with your PHP programming, familiar with the basics of HTML and CSS, unafraid of XML, and interested in mashing things up, this is the book for you!
There are a lot of formats and protocols, web services and web APIs encountered in this book, you do not need to know anything about them or about AJAX; you will find all you need in the book.