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Atlanta PHP February 2011 Meeting

NOTE - LOCATION CHANGE - This month's meeting is at Strongbox West. See above link for directions.

NOTE - FOOD AND DRINKS! Thanks to MailChimp and Strongbox West, Jersey Mike's subs and drinks will be provided!

PRESENTATION: SELECT * FROM Internet: Using the Yahoo! Query Language

Presented by Brian DeShong, Yahoo!

Integrating with third-party web services can be difficult. Not to mention integrating with many different web services. First, you have to pore through the documentation. Next, you need to build code to integrate with each API. Then you need to test it. And troubleshoot. And maybe refactor. Shouldn't it be easier than this? Shouldn't there be some commonality between disparate services?

By using the Yahoo! Query Language, you can access any given web service via a consistent interface. With its SQL-like syntax, you can access and store data via web services using standard SQL operations such as SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE. You can also easily retrieve data in multiple formats, such as XML and JSON.

You can also make your own web services and data available via YQL using Open Data Tables, which give you the power and flexibility of YQL just by writing some simple XML files.

Want to search Twitter for PHP-related posts? It's as easy as "SELECT * FROM WHERE q = 'php'". Want to screen-scrape a site using the DOM? Perform XPath queries in YQL!

Brian's talk will be highly interactive with many demos and flashy Keynote animations. Oh, and some Yahoo! schwag.

So come get your Yahoo! yodel on.

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  • Russell

    Good information and a really nice talk.

    February 4, 2011

  • Jeff C.

    VERY sorry I was a no-show. Set out 1.75hrs early in a bit of sleet from Alpharetta w/best intentions of being early for once (and an O'Reilly book to read if I was). Entrance ramp to 400 (#9) was a parking lot; Captain Herb promised more of same the rest of the ride. So I did the only sensible thing: got off 400 at exit 8 & picked up PF Changs for me and the wife.

    February 4, 2011

  • Chris S.

    We're still on for tonight. I checked the weather and it'll be above freezing in the downtown area. Your call, but choose safety - Brian's slides are linked above if you don't want to drive in.

    February 3, 2011

  • Darren C.

    Weather it looking bad, its actually snowing in my area, is the meetup still on?

    February 3, 2011

  • larryfeltonjohnson

    I freed up my spot. Just got word I'll be working until midnight Thursday :-(

    February 2, 2011

  • Brian D.

    Hi Ben,

    I gave this talk back in November at BarCamp Charleston, actually. There have been minor modifications for tomorrow's presentation, but the slides from November are here:

    Hope this helps. Thanks!

    February 2, 2011

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