Greetings Fellow Monks,
I wanted to let you know about a tech talk on Yahoo pipes, a graphical, web-based RSS re-mixer. In Pipes, Perl is extensively used in the Back End for serving and managing the pipes. I think Pipes is a ver good display of Perl's capabilities at its best.
Here is the introduction of the talk which is available at Google Video:
Pipes is a service platform for processing well-structured data such as RSS, Atom and RDF feeds in a Web-based visual programming environment. Developers can use Pipes to combine data sources and user input into mashups without having to write code. These mashups, analogous in some ways to Unix pipes, can power badges on personal publishing sites, provide core functionality for Web applications, or serve as reusable components within the Pipes platform itself.
Here's what Tim O'Reilly says about pipes: "Yahoo!'s new Pipes service is a milestone in the history of the internet. It's a service that generalizes the idea of the mashup, providing a drag and drop editor that allows you to connect internet data sources, process them, and redirect the output."