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Tutorial: scraping and turning a web site into a widget with YQL

During the mentoring sessions at last weekend’s Young Rewired State one of the most asked questions was how you can easily re-use content on the web. The answer I gave was by using YQL and I promised a short introduction to the topic so here it is. What we are going to do here and now is to turn a web sites into a widget with YQL and a few lines of JavaScript:

Benefits of using YQL

YQL gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to remixing the web and filtering the results. You can: mix and match APIs, filter results, simplify authentication, use in console or from code, minimal research of documentation, caching of results, proxied on Yahoos servers

Rickrolling Google translate with YQL – Rickrollwhisper

This morning I found this wonderful blog post that shows what happens when you run the “never gonna give you up” aka. RickRoll lyrics through an automated translation tool and back into English. This has been a classic time waster using Babelfish in the past for me and I thought we could knock it up a notch and used YQL and the Google Translation API to automate this process.

RSS2map – a Placemaker/Yahoo Maps mashup generator script

This morning I went to the Telegraph Media Group to talk about GeoMaker and Placemaker. The main thing they wanted to know was how to place an RSS feed that does not have any Geo data on a map and how to style it. To make this easier I created rss2map, a demo PHP script with all the CSS and JavaScript needed to show a feed on a map

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