Yahoo! Pipes – Helping Me Travel on the Cheap

Yahoo Pipes is something I came across when trying to find a RSS aggregator/keyword spotter/emailer.  It is a really neat web-based graphical scripting tool for manipulating web-accessible data.  It’s got a  regex component to manipulate datasources!

It didn’t take me long to construct a pipe that pulls multiple airline ticket RSS feeds from the STA website containing “Chicago” or “Detroit” and then sorts the aggregated feeds by ascending price.  The result is output to an RSS feed, whose updates can be sent to an email address by Yahoo Alerts.

Yahoo has been aggressively climbing back into the ranks of “cool” for the past few years.  I’ve been impressed with the amount they contribute to the web and open source community and how they seem to be more proactive than Google about sharing their research.  Thanks again, Yahoo!

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