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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Y! Traffic Data RSS Feed

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.

Sure enough, there’s already a blog post describing how the widget works and it even provides a little form for making your own URL.

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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  1. Now you can see the Yahoo! traffic data mapped on Google.