Centered around the concept of “situational applications,” IBM’s work with mashups targets a growing trend in Web site development.
Applications are increasingly built by end users to meet their particular needs at a particular time without the time and expense of a traditional software development process.
A recent paper in the IBM Systems Journal describes the new approach in great detail.
Situational applications are created rapidly by teams or individuals who best understand the business need, but without the overhead and formality of traditional information technology (IT) methods.
Understandably, traditional PHP developers might be wary of this new technology; as a general contractor would be if a Home Depot opened around the corner.
Instead, IT specialists should embrace the model as a foothold for PHP in the enterprise. To that end, Dan Gisolfi will:
- Demo IBM’s Mashup Starter Kit (which includes IBM Mashup Hub and QEDWiki).
- Highlight best practices for designing and assembling data-driven mashups.
- Discuss IBM’s collaboration with Zend and ProgrammableWeb to bring mashups to the enterprise.
As always, New York PHP meetings are free and open to the public, but you must RSVP by 3pm on Monday, January 21st.