Posted 10/08/2010 - 13:26 by chriswarner
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...]
Posted 09/14/2010 - 13:15 by chriswarner
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...]
Posted 11/17/2009 - 14:42 by chriswarner
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...]
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.
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 Presto...it 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. [Read More...]
Posted 04/17/2009 - 08:30 by chriswarner
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...]
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.
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 http://www.jackbe.com/enterprise-mashup/users/timm, 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...]
Posted 12/04/2008 - 13:22 by chriswarner
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...