Wow. I haven’t posted anything for over a month which is a big break for me. But I just had to write a quick note about this. A post from August on the Pipes blog just arrived in my feedreader talking about the ability to extend Pipes using Web Services. I can’t express just how awesome this is.
When I first got access to the Google Mashup Editor I immediately disliked it. What the world really doesn’t need is another company pushing their own XML based web markup language. More than that it really doesn’t need one that includes mixing presentation code with content, and using table layouts.
The reason this new feature of Pipes has me so buzzed is that Pipes already gives me the lazy way to rework data with drag and drop slicing and sorting, etc. Now I can extend that to do anything with any programming language I want. More than that, I can easily make the web service available to people who wouldn’t be able to code it themselves, but are perfectly happy with the GUI interface of Pipes.