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The App Tips Blog: Getting Personal with Inputs

I hope you've been finding our App Tips Blogs helpful and useful.  Recently, we taught you how to Reduce Noise Pollution with the Filter block in Presto Wires.  This week things will 'get personal' by building an App from a Filtered Mashup with user-friendly input boxes to make the App, well, personal. [Read More...]

The App Tips Blog: Reducing Noise Pollution by Filtering Your Mashup Data

Posted 09/14/2010 - 13:15 by chriswarner

I hope you’ve been keeping up with all the great App Tips blogs here on the Community.  A few weeks back we highlighted the 'Advanced Mode' in App Maker. [Read More...]

It’s Time for CIOs (and McKinsey) to Get a New Playbook

Posted 01/22/2010 - 12:06 by chriswarner

Jeff Hammond of Forrester recently wrote an article in Information Week about ‘What Developers Think’. It recapped the results of a survey Forrester did with for Dr. Dobb's. [Read More...]

What makes a mashup service right for you?

Everyday life is full of decisions. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed, you spend most of your time (whether you realize or not) making decisions. It starts from the moment you wake up. What should I wear today? Do I have time for breakfast? Do I think it's going to rain today and do I need my umbrella? And the list goes on... [Read More...]

Presto 2.7 is here!

Posted 06/09/2009 - 11:34 by chriswarner

Easier, Safer Enterprise Mashups

The Spring 2009 Edition of Presto 2.7 is now available for download. The enhanced features of Presto 2.7 makes mashups easier and safer to use by allowing a broader group of business users to visually create mashups quickly and safely.  Major enhancements to Presto 2.7 include:

  • a more intuitive, user-focused update of Wires, the Presto Visual Mashup Composer, for easier mashup creation,
  • improved Mashup Macros in Wires, letting you add custom mashup transformations that do what you want them to,
  • security enhancements that detect and deny malicious code from public data sources, for safer mashups,
  • extended browser support, including IE6, IE7, Firefox 3.0, and the Safari 4 Beta, making mashup creation even more accessible. 

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We're looking for a few Mashup Heroes!

Posted 05/15/2009 - 14:16 by chriswarner

  Let me tell you a story about a hero.  Mike Rollins is a systems engineer supporting a research effort for the Department of Homeland Security, which has received a $4.3 million grant and a lot of attention.  Needless to say, Mike and his organization have some very important problems they are trying to solve.  

Mashups help Mike with his problems in a very meaningful way.   As Mike put it in a recent blog, 'a buddy of mine pointed me in the direction of a product called puts us months, if not years, ahead of where we were'.  

 Mashups certainly make Mike a hero at work.  Which also makes him a Mashup Hero to us.  And Mike’s passion has inspired us to help more others like him. [Read More...]

Learning Mashups While Landscaping

I often get asked about 'best practices' when implementing enterprise mashups.  So my compadres and I often write about tips, techniques, and guidelines, both here on the Mashup Developer Community and on our corporate blog.  And recently I came up with an easy way to remember some of the more important best practices.

I spent most of my last 2 weekends moving 11 cubic yards of mulch. For those of you who have never encountered such a beast, check out the picture (that's after 5+ hours of work). 

'Mulch Mountain', as I call it, is the equivalent of over 300 full wheel barrels of mulch. At ~20 pitch-forks loads per barrel, that's over 6,000 'bend and lifts'.  Yes, 6,000.  Yes, my back hurts.

So, during my suffering work, my mind started to wander.  And I had a thought: there are a lot of parallels in the best ways to mulch and mash... [Read More...]

The 'Beat the CEO' Winners

Posted 03/23/2009 - 12:06 by chriswarner

The 'Beat the CEO' Contest Winners

In case you missed it, a little whle ago we announced the 'Beat the CEO' contest. All we needed was a simple definition of 'enterprise mashups for the non-techy beginner.

We've had over 2 dozen entries so far and they've all been great. But there are too many good ones to choose just 1 or 2. So we picked 6 of the best and all of these folks will receive $50 and the honorary title of 'Mashup CEO'!

But we still want your input. We'd like you to give us your opinion of the 6 winning definitions. They are listed 'em and rate them (just click on the stars). Oh, and if you haven't given us YOUR definition of enterprise mashups, head over to the 'Beat the CEO' forum thread and do it now. [Read More...]

Congratulations to the 'Mash for Cash' Contest Winners!

Posted 01/22/2009 - 16:30 by chriswarner

 A few months ago we announced the 1st Mash for Cash Contest.   And you responded with some great mashup submissions!  Now we’re happy to announce that, a business technology analyst for a telecommunications company, was the Mash for Cash Contest winner with a ‘Product Management and Customer Feedback’ mashup. 

Why should you care?  Because the winners of the Contest are like you. They are real-world folks who happen to be mashup fans with real problems to solve. These are some great example mashups to learn from.  You can watch videos of these mashups and, better yet, grab all the mashup code they used to win.   [Read More...]

The 5 Most Common Mashup Mistakes

I originally published this blog on Fast Company.  Since Joe McKendrick at ZDNet and Loraine Lawson at IT Business Edge deemed it worthy of commentary, I thought all of you might find it interesting reading too.  If so (or not), make sure you let me know what you think!

Mashups are a popular topic lately, in both IT and business circles. Gartner recently named them a ‘Top 10 IT Technology for 2009’. But if your organization is thinking about ‘getting mashy’, here are five common pitfalls that you can avoid with just a little education and forethought...

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