Yahoo!’s jumped on the Dashboard bandwagon with their Y! Local Traffic widget. As someone who has been hacking around with Dashboard, I know that for this to work, Yahoo has to expose the data in an easily digestiable format. I also know it’s no problem to decompile the widget, since it’s just HTML/JS/CSS.
So I took a peek and was quite surprised by what I found. RSS.
I think this is brilliant. RSS is XML, so it’s easy to parse. It’s also easily consumable by RSS readers, so other people can piggy-back on the feed. Of course, it does mean you need to be willing to open this up to the world because it won’t take before this is figured this out and people start publicizing the interface.
We’re finally beginning to see the adoption of Web services into client applications. One of the advantages of REST is that it’s super easy to consume from programs such as Dashboard and Firefox.
I can’t wait to see where this goes.
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