Yahoo! Pipes: A New Way to Manipulate the Web

Alex Iskold and Richard MacManus describe Yahoo! Pipes as “the first GUI builder for the biggest database in the world, the Web iself. It empowers developers to remix the building blocks of the web in a whole new way. And it does it with remarkable simplicity.”

If you haven’t checked out Pipes yet, I urge you to. Alex and Richard describe some of the inherent issues in the Pipes service:

  • Unlike in Relational Databases, the data is neither structured nor clean.
  • How to make Pipes usable by a less technical crowd.