March 7, 2006 7:50 AM PST
Yahoo to offer new mashup tools
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The APIs will be available "in the coming months" through the company's Developer Network site, which already hosts developer forums, libraries of code and galleries of applications others have schemed up using its services, a Yahoo press release said.
Web sites called mashups are a burgeoning Web phenomenon that allow ordinary surfers to create programs without necessarily having programming skills. The idea behind Yahoo's new offerings is to give users "an open, easy-to-use platform to build applications and use Yahoo technology in innovative ways," said Jeffrey McManus, director of the Yahoo Developer Network.
The APIs for the Yahoo Photos and Calendar sites appear to be entirely new, while those for Shopping and MyWeb 2.0--a bookmark manager site--will feature "enhanced" capabilities, according to the press release.
Yahoo--along with Google and Microsoft--has already released the code behind its mapping service to the public, inspiring projects such as a
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