My first mashup, aka omgwtfbbq

Yes, it’s true. I’ve caved. I’ve joined the hordes of developers in that giant, smelly orgy called Web 2.0. I’ve created a mashup.

Each year I do National Novel Writing Month and each year I see the same types of questions posted in the NaNo forums. Most prevalent among them is “where can I go to write?”. It’s a trick question, of course. Everyone has different wants and needs from their favorite writing spot. Some require free wireless. Some, like me, require solid food and peace and quiet.

So I wrote an app to allow people to tell others where they like to write, and what kind of amenities those writing spots have. It’s pre-alpha-quality code for now. But it mostly works. It’s no WalkJogRun, that’s for sure.

And geez. What with Web2.0 supposed to be this big easy thing, you would think that creating these mashups would be super-duper easy. Eff no. That thing took two days to get to the crash-happy state that it is!

It would probably be a great topic for a series of blog posts, though: “Creating Google Maps Mashups with ColdFusion”. If I ever have free time, maybe I’ll get around to it.

By Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.