Mashlight: A Lightweight Mashup Framework for Everyone

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Executive Summary

Recently, Web 2.0 has brought a storm on web application development. In particular, mashups have greatly enhanced user creativity across the web, allowing end-users to rapidly combine information from diverse sources, and integrate them into "New" goal-oriented applications. In the meantime, widgets (also built with Web 2.0 technology) have also gained a lot of momentum. Indeed, they have become ever more present in the people every day lives, even appearing as first class players in the operating systems (e.g., Mac OS X and Windows 7). In this paper, the authors present Mashlight: a lightweight frame-work for creating and executing mashups that combines these two worlds.

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