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A word on Yahoo pipes

Yahoo recently released Pipes, a tool for managing and manipulate RSS feeds.

The name choice is obvious for all UNIXers out there. UNIX Pipes is a great command line way of routing output of one tool as input for another tool. Yahoo pipes is doing the same thing with RSS feeds. With a few clicks you may sort, count and combine feeds at your leisure. Think of it as a feed construction kit.

Merging RSS feeds is not exactly rocket science, but I really like the way Yahoo has created a simple-to-use GUI around the process. It’s a neat Javascript/AJAX solution which really is a great example of what modern (yet sadly inaccessible) GUIs are capable of in the year 2007. You may even use it from Dojo!

It is still a beta and it has some problems, such as the Sort widget sorting dates in alphabetical order. But don’t let that stop you from trying it out today! All you need is a Yahoo ID.

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