Yahoo! Pipes

February 9, 2007

This looks awesome. Predictably, Linux fanboys will see the word “pipes” and immediately condemn Yahoo for reinventing an ancient Unix technology. These rants reveal how puny their primitive brains truly are. A pipe in Unix merely shuttles data from one program’s output stream to another’s input stream. Nothing fancy, all local (are there network pipes?), untyped, no operators, etc. Yahoo simply reused the name Pipes because it sounds good, but it appears to be a visual programming language for mixing and operating on data from Web Services. If it’s possible to send data to services and retrieve the results, then this will be fantastic. I hope Google is inspired to come up with a competitive product.

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