This morning I gave a presentation to the CHI2006 Conference as part of the session panel I was on "Add a dash of interface: taking mash-ups to the next level".
My presentation can be downloaded here, but essentially covered the current state of play with backstage.bbc.co.uk.
However we also launched our latest backstage competition - reboot:bbc.co.uk. Rather than talking about it more here, I suggest you head over the reboot:bbc.co.uk site and find out more!
Since I had done a Web Based TV Guide in PHP (http://www.blueghosttv.co.uk/), and I was going to start work doing .net 2.0 stuff I thought I would develop a c# 2.0 PC App version to help me learn the language. It's very much a work in progress, and doesn't compare to DigiGuide (yet), but the basics are there. Please email me any comments or suggestions via my email address found on the website
mtraffic.org is a web service for handheld-friendly traffic reports, using data from the TPEG feed for UK road travel. mtraffic is designed to be
* Fast: A parsed representation of the feed is cached on the server; the minimum information is sent to the client
* Accessible: Simple, compliant XHTML renders correctly on all recent mobile browsers
* Convenient: Bookmark or remember short URLs - e.g. http://mtraffic.org/m25 - to check on frequent journeys; no need to download a client.
mtraffic is written in Python, and runs on Apache + mod_python. I'd be happy to share the source code, and I welcome any suggestions for its improvement.
This is a variation of my previous Mood News prototype. This is a page of the (hopefully!) Good News. Have a positive view of the news! I hope to have a podcast and RSS of this version soon.
Bret Taylor, Product Manager for Google Maps, has announced the details of the second version of the Google Maps API.
The highlights of the update include:
- Additional zoom levels
- Extensions to the API to enable custom map controls and custom map types
- Debugging (yay!)
- New GLatLng class to construct non-reversed map points
- No page view limits
- 90-day notice should Google wish to start to advertising on the maps
It would appear V2 is backward-compatible with most existing calls to the V1 API, although you can check out the full upgrade documentation for details.
Let us know what you think of the new API!