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Keeping tabs on Axis2 in the blogosphere using Yahoo Pipes

How does one keep up with the conversations about one's project/product? I've noticed that there isn't any single blog search engine that can find all the latest chatter about Axis2. So here's what i did. I used Yahoo Pipes to mashup feeds from Technorati, Feedster, Google BlogSearch and Bloglines, then sort by unique titles and date. Here's the result:

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/hjHSZ8_72xGP86zCfOgC8A

Click on the subscribe link on that page to subscribe to a feed that you can place on your firefox toolbar.

Do you want to know how i did it and how the pipe is constructed. Here's how:

http://pipes.yahoo.com/people/6_ZmtSk3oW4rZof_

Yes, Yahoo Pipes is great! But what's the big deal? It's an extension of what ETL tools have been doing for years. Example, I was managing a product at CA where we had very similar GUI mapping tool expect it was WIN32 based. See screenshot and info here:

http://www3.ca.com/Files/DataSheets/adv_data_transformer_ds.pdf

Heck, Just before i quit CA to start WSO2, we had enhanced the product to accept Plain ol' XML and Web Services (WSDL) as input sources, use web services to write custom transformations and one could even expose any built data transformation into a Web Service. CA even applied for patents (http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?wo=2006096683 and http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?wo=2006096667).

So what am i really trying to say...Been there, done that :) Guess Pipes is ETL 2.0 :)

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