I see that Grady's blog has been mentioned in the Mac press after postings in which he discussed his use of Apple hardware at home. So, as I sat at my G4 Tower developing with Xcode to deploy over an Airport network to my eMac and iBook downstairs...
But seriously (IBM ThinkPad T40 - the only reason to by an Intel processor!) I am, like many that make their living developing software, a little jaded when I look at software developed by others - "well I'm sure I wouldn't have done it like that". But every now and then something comes along with the wow factor and Delicious Library from Delicious Monster in Seattle is one of those. Here is a piece of software with two individual wow factors (apart from being developed natively for the Mac and looking so nice), firstly the innovative bar code scanner and secondly the use of the Amazon API.
First - ever looked at the price of a bar code scanner? then looked at the drivers you need, the integration.... well what these guys have done is to use the Apple iSight camera, the little web cam come video conference camera and they wrote the cool code that turns it's still image capability into a bar code recognizer - very, very neat,
Secondly - when you scan a book (or, for those in the stone age, type in the ISBN) wait a second and you get all the books details including cover image all from Amazon. Basically you now have the ability to catalog your book collection (yeah, that's either geeky or anal depending on your point of view) using web services from your Mac desktop. How cool is that!
Thirdly - (yes, I know I said there were two cool things) well, it actually demonstrates the use of a great service in an innovative way, let's face it Amazon opened up it's API some time ago and there are lot's of people using it ... to build a better shopping tool. Here is a small team of guys that have really turned that source of information into a real service, they provided additional value through integration of services. Is this the first of a new breed of desktop applications really leveraging services already provided or being provided by key vendors such as Amazon?
I hope so - and look forward to seeing them on the Mac :-)[Read More]
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