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Mashups: Strategies for the Modern Enterprise Review

Filed under: General Linux — at 6:30 am on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mashups Strategies for the Modern Enterprise Review

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.


Comment by Xyzzy

October 27, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

I’m glad that you mentioned that as a particularly good publisher… I keep trying to find good IT books, but ironically, I can’t tell whether a book is good or not until I’ve already gotten a firm grasp on what it teaches! :-p

Don’t worry about renewing it again… Most electronic library catalogs let users place a hold (or join a wait-list) on a book they want that’s checked out, so it can’t be renewed/borrowed until they’ve had a turn.

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November 1, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

@XYZZY – Yea, the library does have that – but it is no replacement for being on the shelf next to the other relevant books. :)

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