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Flex Mashup I – Salesforce, Yahoo Pipe, Map, Flickr

Posted by Moxie Zhang | October 16, 2007 .

Tried to make a case study of Web as Platform. Spend my weekend crafted a mashup using Flex as UI. Let me sharing the findings.

First, what is the Web As Platform thing. Well, the world wide web is a giant name and logo soup if you don’t look at it in a orderly way, just like shown in below.

www Flex Mashup I   Salesforce, Yahoo Pipe, Map, Flickr

Now, there is another way to look at them:

web platform diagram

The above becomes a familiar block diagram..um..why is that? That’s because we usually look at that diagram as the following way:

IT platform diagram

Now you know what I mean the Web as Platform (WAP). I am sure I don’t have to spend too much words here to conceptualize the WAP thing. It’s already there.

My mashup application used all the resources, technologies or tools mentioned on the earlier two diagrams. To summarize, the major items used are:

  • Search and RSS feed from the 8 resource, including Google News, Yahoo News, etc…
  • Yahoo Local Search
  • Flickr and geo tagged photo search
  • Yahaoo Pipe to create 2 data mashup piples
  • ESRI ArcWeb Service and Flex API
  • Salesforce.com, AppExchange and Salesforce Flex API
  • Salesforce application module hosting

This is very handful, isn’t it? It’s fun too. And the application created looks like this:

themapprs Flex Mashup I   Salesforce, Yahoo Pipe, Map, Flickr

In the coming post(s), I’ll give details on how this got stitched together. What the codes look like and what the problems I encountered (georss parsing, multi namespace, complex URL, trick to connect to Yahoo Pipe by bypassing security sandbox, deal with salesforce API, etc.) and sharing the source code (after switching to Yahoo Map with its Flex API).

How do you like it so far?

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  1. Sergio  November 14, 2013 1:51 pm

    Hi, i need insert a pic of any web page on Salesforce in any object with the mashups.
    Can you help me with that?

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