Packt publishing recently announced the details of a new book designed to teach users how to create practical mashups in PHP. Written by Shu-Wai Chow, Web 2.0 Mashup Projects teaches users how to create PHP projects that grab and mix data from the likes of Google Maps, Flickr, Amazon, YouTube, MSN Search, Yahoo!, Last.fm, the Internet UPC Database, and the California Highway Patrol Traffic service.
A mashup is a web page or application that combines data from two or more external online sources into an integrated experience. PHP Web 2.0 Mashup Projects is written as an entryway to the world of mashups and Web 2.0. Users will create PHP projects that grab data from one place on the Web, mix it up with relevant information from another place on the Web and present it in a single application.
The book is made up of five real-world PHP projects. Each project begins with an overview of the technologies and protocols needed for the project, and then dives straight into the tools used and details of creating the project:
<ul><li>Look up products on Amazon.Com from their code in the Internet UPC database
<li>A fully customized search engine with MSN Search and Yahoo
<li>A personal video jukebox with YouTube and Last.FM
<li>Deliver real-time traffic incident data via SMS and the California Highway Patrol
<li>Display pictures sourced from Flickr in Google maps</ul>