Preliminary research

Link: http://www.rssbus.com/

How well the tool adheres to the following mashup principles:

  1. Online software that takes minutes or hours to create instead of days and weeks.
    • RSSbus seems to be quite fast and easy to set up. The RSSBus Engine is what generates, manages, and orchestrate RSSBus Feeds. Users must download either the "RSSBus Feed Server" or "RSSBus Desktop". Bundled with both of these two solutions are the "RSSBus Connectors" that allow users to connect to databases, directories, mail servers, and other systems.
    • "RSSBus Desktop targets the Windows platform and requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework. If you are running Windows XP and above with Windows Update, you should already have Microsoft .NET 2.0 installed on your machine.
    • RSSBus Desktop is entirely self-contained and requires no additional software installation.
    • Future versions will target other platforms and environments (including Java and Linux).
  2. End-user guided assembly in the browser.
    • not sure, but I do not think that there is a visual UI for this.
    • documentation exists as to how to work with the connectors and engine
  3. Sharing via simple URL.
    • yes.
  4. Leverages the global SOA: Is open to all external sources of behaviour and data, e.g. Web Services and other Web apis.
    • yes
  5. Visually configured or scripted "glue" to connect widgets and DIVs together.
    • scripted glue called "connectors" that are bundled with RSSbus.
    • Is secure, safe, and reliable.
    • ?
  6. What kind of user management it provides?
    • ?
  7. Is it mature enough to be used in our project? Examples, of where this tool has been used before.
    • Integrated into NewsGator: "March 6, 2007 – NewsGator Technologies, Inc., the leading RSS company, today announced an OEM agreement with /n software, makers of RSSBus. The partnership will enable enterprises to access content from databases, business applications, spreadsheets and directories and deliver it through NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES)." -NewsGator
  8. Is it open source?
    • There are two versions of the engine:
      • RSSBus Feed Server which is advertised as a commercial version. No price...
      • RSSBus Desktop Beta 4c which is advertised as FREE.

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