Mashups made easy

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:15 PM



Ever since the debut of HousingMaps.com, we've been fascinated by what the developer community has been able to do with our technology. Mashups enable us to visualize data in different ways, combine applications and data together in one interface, and harness the power of data feeds. You've done an amazing job creating some powerful and influential applications using our APIs and developer tools, but we know we can always make the development process easier. To that end we want to introduce Google Mashup Editor, a tool that helps simplify mashup development.

The Google Mashup Editor's simple online interface enables you to build, test, deploy and distribute your mashup.Using familiar technologies like HTML, JavaScript and CSS, you can create mashups in minutes and test them in our sandbox, a testing ground for your mashup.

You can also take advantage of a few of our extended XML tags so that you can reuse some standard AJAX UI components -- things like editable lists, Google Maps, Date Pickers, Calendars, and ratings controls -- with one line of code. These UI elements operate on feeds and can be reused in any application

Once you've created your mashup, you can publish it using Google's infrastructure and we'll serve it for you on the subdomain googlemashups.com. You don't need to set up a server and hosting, or a database or authentication for your users -- we do it all for you. You concentrate on the user experience of your app, and we'll make sure people can access it. You can even test a new version of your application while the current one is running. Once you're ready, you can publish it with one click of a button to get your site up and live.

How do you access the Google Mashup Editor? We're currently running a limited test while we incorporate feedback from interested developers. You can sign up now to participate in this test and we'll notify you when spots are available.

In the meantime, check out this product tour and documentation to learn more.

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