There has been quite a bit of buzz about Rod Smith’s keynote at last week’s NYPHP Conference & Expo. Rod and his team provided a case study of a situational application built for the National Association of Broadcasters and performed a live demo of how to go about creating a five minute application.
It was pretty interesting stuff, but Rasmus Lerdorf followed with what I found to be an even more impressive mashup that the audience could better relate to. He showed a tool he built for internal use at Yahoo which serves as an corporate Craig’s List of sorts, with hooks to Web services to provide posters with recommended price ranges and stock photos of the item they are selling.
The key enabler in both of these applications is Ajax, as it provides a way to pull in third party Web services to the original Web site transparently.
Another press release that came out during the week was an announcement about the integation of PHP with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE). This is welcome news and means I don’t have to experiment myself. :)