Ruby on Rails Web Mashup Projects

A step-by-step tutorial to building web mashups

Ruby on Rails Web Mashup Projects

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Chang Sau Sheong

A step-by-step tutorial to building web mashups
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847193933
Paperback272 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Web Mashups
Web mashups
Types of web mashups
What can I do with web mashups?
Things to watch out for when doing web mashups
How this book works
Summary
Ready?
Chapter 2: 'Find closest' mashup plugin
What does it do?
Building a kiosk locator feature for your site
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 3: Proxy mailing list mashup plugin
What does it do?
Building a proxy mailing list feature for your website
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Using the mashup
Summary
Chapter 4: Book sales tracking mashup plugin
What does it do?
A book sales tracking and shopping cart feature
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 5: Job board mashup application
What does it do?
Job board
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 6: Trip organizer mashup application
What does it do?
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Showing nice exception pages
Summary
Chapter 7: Ticketing mashup application
What does it do?
Online event ticketing
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 8: Expenses claims mashup plugin
What does it do?
Salary and expense claims
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
How it works all together
Summary

What You Will Learn

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

In Detail

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 Internet— 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 Rails— 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.

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Web Mashups
Web mashups
Types of web mashups
What can I do with web mashups?
Things to watch out for when doing web mashups
How this book works
Summary
Ready?
Chapter 2: 'Find closest' mashup plugin
What does it do?
Building a kiosk locator feature for your site
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 3: Proxy mailing list mashup plugin
What does it do?
Building a proxy mailing list feature for your website
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Using the mashup
Summary
Chapter 4: Book sales tracking mashup plugin
What does it do?
A book sales tracking and shopping cart feature
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 5: Job board mashup application
What does it do?
Job board
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 6: Trip organizer mashup application
What does it do?
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Showing nice exception pages
Summary
Chapter 7: Ticketing mashup application
What does it do?
Online event ticketing
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
Summary
Chapter 8: Expenses claims mashup plugin
What does it do?
Salary and expense claims
Requirements overview
Design
Mashup APIs on the menu
What we will be doing
How it works all together
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781847193933
Paperback272 pages
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