I’ve noticed that from last 48 hours my Lil Google reader has piled up with feeds of Pipes of yahoo, everybody is writing about it from the time it has launched (7th feb 07) . So I thought I should try to find out what the heck it is I thought I should also pen down something about it some of my findings. Well I don’t have any extraordinary findings it’s all the same crap that geeky people is writing about from its documentation page. So here I go.
What is Pipes?
Pipes is a free online service that lets you remix popular feed types and create data mashups using a visual editor. You can use Pipes to run your own web projects, or publish and share your own web services without ever having to write a line of code.
Confused what da hell it is??
Well it means you can use Pipes to pick a few feeds to retrieve data from, set up rules for processing the data which is provided by those feeds, prompt for user input in your processing, and then output the processed results as another feed or object format for use in your own applications. In the simplest case, you can apply some straightforward rules to a feed and then subscribe to the end result. – Anil Dash
Pipes can take any feed as input, and combined with the already available list of functions proves to be very powerful, It was inevitable that such a product would be released, and it is very good for Yahoo! that they managed to be the first of the big web companies to release such a product. - Nik Cubrilovic
Enough from experts, now listen to me-
The easiest way to understand Pipes is to build one yourself - try editing one of our sample Pipes for a quick start.
So I tried to make my own Pipes
My first target was Indiatimes RSS feed
Just go through it http://info.indiatimes.com/rss/#etfeeds
You can find that there is so many RSS feeds, If I go on subscribing them then it’ll consume my whole day also left bar will filled up Indiatimes feeds only they do have combined all feed to single OPML feed but Google reader can’t read OPML feeds. But when I learn about Yahoo Pipes I said yessssssssssss…..Now I can grab all latest news from Times of India
I'm not goin to describe here how I made my 1st Pipes to run coz I'm not in mood to write long post.
just have a look at my 1st Yahoo pipes
so here is the list of 7ven pipes that i created-
Not everything is flowing smoothly as it seems to betill now the only hitch that I found in smoothly running Pipes is the prob-lemo wid pubdate, first I couldn't understand whats going cause when I Merged all AIMK blogs and run the pipe I got strange order of feeds at the begining I thought I must have done something wrong and tried to rearrange the modues like ascending and descending order of pubdate but tough luck later when I went through discussion board I got it whats wrong.
Good thing is that their developers know about it say it's on their ToDo List.