Mashups or HTML
University of Phoenix
Instructor: Jerry D'Antonio
7 July 2008
Mashups or HTML
This paper will dive into one of the hottest topics of Web 2.0, Mashups. Mashups are a way of designing web applications that will combine the functionality from multiple web sites to produce a single web service. Some examples seen in common use today are Amazon, Google, ...view middle of the document...
When looking at the combining of disparate data sources one analyst, Oliver Young, wrote â€œWe think Mashups are doing it in a unique way thatâ€™s more user friendly,â€ (C.g. Lynch, CIO, 2008).
Now looking at HTML, this was originally conceived by Tim Berners-Lee at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics and was primarily designed to allow physicists to communicate with each other at a rapid rate to avoid experiment duplication. The specifications for Html were released in 1991and primarily used for documents and presentations. Although a multitude of pages exist in HTML, and more added to the net every day, importance is placed on remembering that as the oldest technology there will be limitations to its future use. Even with the limitations experienced within HTML, it will probably not be tossed aside so easily, due the fact that most of HTMLs limitations have been overcome in XML (Extensible Markup Language). XML is not meant to replace HTML but to compliment it (Johnson, 1999).
Mashups: Advantages and Disadvantages
One can find advantages in each of the tree types of Mashups. The presentation Mashups offer the simplest advantage, allowing the user to drag and drop prebuilt widgets or choosing among RSS feeds to facilitate a Mashups. Further advantages include the use of already existing code, then adding on what code is needed to provide integration between the parts. Mashups are a form of reuse that has worked on a large scale. So far Mashups have the appearance of success in that anyone can and are creating them. Mashups are 100% SaaS (Software as a Service) and require no installation admin rights, plug INS, or updates. To use a Mashups all one needs is a web browser and the Mashups URL (Hinchcliffe, 2007).
In an article by Neil Mcallister, his attempt to use this easy drop and drag method has encountered some problems leading to the discovery that if the designer of a Mashups has no programming experience then it may not be as easy as earlier clamed. Creating data Mashups have proven to be another obstacle in that the process to data usually...