One of the fun parts of writing my book was writing the marketing blurb on the back cover of the book. I often find myself reaching to copy and paste it into emails or other documents when I describe my book. Here it is:
Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services
The Web contains thousands of mashups that recombine everything including Google Maps, Flickr, Amazon.com, NASA, the New York Times, and Wikipedia with useful information about travel, finance, real estate, and more. By fusing elements from multiple web sites, mashups are often informative, useful, fun, and even transformative. Mashups also represent the way the Web as a whole
This book draws from my experiences teaching graduate students and high school students how to create mashups. I describe techniques to analyze and dissect existing mashups so that you can start from first principles, gaining the skills you need to write your own. Believe me, once you start creating mashups and seeing what you can do with them, you won’t want to stop.
Does it make you want to run out to buy a copy of my book? Let's hope it does!