I went to the local library to pick up some books, this time I actually browsed the IT section. To my surprise I found some relatively (in library sense) new books, one of which was “Mashups: Strategies for the Modern Enterprise.” I wasn’t going to pick it up, but I saw it was from Addison-Wesley. Not only my favorite publisher because they publish decent books, but they also have a great logo (triforce anyone?) If that wasn’t enough to convince me, the cover certainly was. I mean come on its a pear-orange-lemon-plum-lime-apple I’d like to see what one of those tastes like. Essentially this is what this book is about; Mashups. Taking things that don’t necessarily belong together and bringing (mashing) them together to make something new and interesting.
I thought I knew a bit about mashups, which is why I was hesitant to pick it up. After taking it home I found it to be way more in depth than I first imagined. Explaining different models in depth really makes one think about the larger pictures. There is a whole chapter dedicated on how to create a sample mashup. It gives the principles and leaves the reader (in this sense me) with a better understanding of the inner workings of mashups. It even includes a portion on security that doesn’t just seem like it was added in as an after thought.
I may just have to pick up my own copy of this book because I feel bad that I’ve renewed it once already. I think other people could benefit from reading it. Who knows maybe they’ll read this review and use the recall function, its definitely worth the time and money.