Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Great Start to a Great Year

January 1, 2008

So today we’ve started 2008, which we believe will be a great year for Dapper, with bangs and whistles. First Wired Magazine ran a big story on the art and science of scraping, that also mentioned Dapper. Though the reporter tried to show both sides of the penny, it clearly drove home the point that opening up the web’s content can cultivate a great boom of creativity and new apps, something we’ve been advocating from day 1.

Then, good old Marshall Kirkpatrick from ReadWriteWeb picked up on the story writing a great review on Dapper as the proponent of the web unlocking paradigm. He even went as far as recording a magnificent screencast on how he uses Dapper to create an RSS feed for RRW mentions. Marshall, thanks for the warm words and the great screencast, this kind of feedback is the greatest fuel in our engines.

BTW, Marshall also encourages you to join us at DapperCamp – Dapper’s first users/developers conference. I’ll join him in the invite – this is going to be two great days in February.

We had a great 2007 and we’re planning an even greater 2008 – brace yourself 🙂

RSS filtering is the new black

May 14, 2007

As many of our users know (and use), one of Dapper’s main strengths is the ability to get relevant content feeds by providing search terms to virtually any service on the web. But sometimes, that’s not enough, and for these situations, we’re introducing a new transformer called “Filtered RSS feed“. This is your usual RSS feed transformer, with a twist: you can define (case sensitive) keyword based filters to the title and the description of the RSS stories. Here are a couple of cool examples:

Traffic jam RSS feeds: Traffic jam RSS for 94102 , Same RSS feed, giving only reports for Hwy-101

Public companies recommendations from Reuters: All analysts recommendations, Same RSS feed, giving only “Buy” recommendations

We hope you’ll find it useful. If you’re a developer and want to extend it, feel free to give it a try. On that note, one of our users (thanks, pascal vanheckea) found Dapper useful enough to create a cool Dapper instruction video.

You know you’ve made it when your users are video-taping 🙂

Fidget: Blog Widget for Music Videos

August 28, 2006

After just a few hours of work, we’re happy to present Fidget, our newest Dapper-based service. You tell Fidget the names of some of your favorite artists, and it uses Dapper to search YouTube for videos containing music by the bands you like. It pulls back a random video and displays it for you in a widget which you can place on your blog, your MySpace profile, or anywhere else you like. It’s yet another example of something that was really easy to build with Dapper, but would be much harder without.

We hope you like it. As always, your feedback would be very welcome and for those of you who would like more details on how we set it up, don’t hesitate to ask.

One note: it does not work on Internet Explorer (though it works fine in Firefox, Opera, and Safari). If anyone out there has a background in Flash and is interested in helping us troubleshoot, please contact us.

Magg – Dapper’s New Movie Aggregator

August 8, 2006

We’re pleased to announce Magg, a movie aggregator we built in just one day using Dapper. Magg uses Dapper to get the latest videos from a wide range of Internet video clip sites (Google Videos, Yahoo Videos, YouTube, MetaCafe, Veoh, Vimeo, and more), as well as to obtain search results for specific queries from these sites The vast majority of these sites do not provide an API or RSS, so the example is particularly relevant – without Dapper, this would have been a much harder task.

To create the service, we just Dapped each website (the newest videos pages and for the search results pages) and then wrote a bit of Javascript and DHTML to compose all the results together in a nice looking page.

Beyond being a cool proof of concept, we hope that you’ll Magg useful and fun. Please do feel free to learn from it – you can take the source code and reuse it to make whatever you want.

As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!