Ruby on Rails Web Mashup Projects
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- Learn about web mashup applications and mashup plug-ins
- Create practical real-life web mashup projects step by step
- Access and mash up many different APIs with Ruby and Ruby on Rails
Book DetailsLanguage : English
Paperback : 272 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2008
ISBN : 1847193935
ISBN 13 : 9781847193933
Author(s) : Chang Sau Sheong
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Open Source
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Web Mashups
Chapter 2: 'Find closest' mashup plugin
Chapter 3: Proxy mailing list mashup plugin
Chapter 4: Book sales tracking mashup plugin
Chapter 5: Job board mashup application
Chapter 6: Trip organizer mashup application
Chapter 7: Ticketing mashup application
Chapter 8: Expenses claims mashup plugin
I've certainly had a play with most of Sau Sheong's plugins and his book has helped me gain a great amount of confidence in having a rough understanding of each plugin before I started. The book is well written and walks you through each example clearly. In short, it is definitely worth buying..5 Stars!
This book shows you how to write web mashups using Ruby on Rails and has seven real-world projects with a statement of the project, discussion of the main protocols involved, an overview of the API, and then complete code for building the project. You will be led methodically through concrete steps to build the mashup, with asides to explain the theory behind the code.
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What you will learn from this book
You will learn what a mashup application and a mashup plug-in are and how you can effectively use mashup technology to do more than just Web 2.0 startups. You will also learn how to use Ruby and Ruby on Rails to combine, mix, and match up nearly 30 mashup APIs from small to really large scale, and from completely free to commercial to:
- Map a fleet of kiosks in an online map
- Send marketing messages through e-mail, SMS, and fax
- Sell and track the sales of books
- Search for jobs through a Facebook application
- Show all sorts of information on a geographic location
- Buy and pay for movie tickets then post the screening information in an online calendar
- Apply, approve, and pay for employee expense claims
A web mashup is a new type of web application that uses data and services from one or more external sources to build entirely new and different web applications. Web mashups usually mash up data and services that are available on the Internetâ€” freely, commercially, or through other partnership agreements. The external sources that a mashup uses are known as mashup APIs.
This book shows you how to write web mashups using Ruby on Railsâ€” the new web application development framework. The book has seven real-world projects and each project is described in a methodical step-by-step way, showing how you can write a web mashup from the ground up.
APIs covered in the book
This book covers: Google Maps API, Yahoo geocoding services, Geocoder.us geocoding services, Geocoder.ca geocoding services, Hostip.info, Google Spreadsheet, EditGrid, Clickatell, Interfax, Amazon ECS, Sparklines, Facebook, Indeed, DayLife, Technorati, Futef, WebserviceX Currency Convertor, Weatherbug, Google Bases, Geonames, Flickr, Paypal, Google Calendar, Google Account Authentication, Google Data, and Google Spreadsheet Data.
Use Ruby and Ruby on Rails to create seven practical mashup projects following step-by-step instructions.
This book is project-based. The format of each project is similar, with a statement of the project, discussion of the main protocols involved, an overview of the API, and then complete code for building the project. You will be led methodically through concrete steps to build the mashup, with asides to explain the theory behind the code.
Who this book is for
This book is for Ruby on Rails developers who want to expand the features of their site by consuming remote external data and services. Basic knowledge of Ruby on Rails programming is required but you need not have any experience of any of the APIs used.