The idea behind it is an interesting one, bringing Unix command line pipes (|) to a web-based GUI:
“Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.Here are some more screenshots, firstly me choosing to add a sort-by clause to the results:
Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs:
- combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.
- geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map.
- power widgets/badges on your web site.
- grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats.”
Lastly the final results of the pipe, showing a visual representation of the shape, plus the details of what was actually used, and the results in the main panel:
I've published this pipe and given it a nice name so you can see the results yourself.
This is a great example of using a dynamic HTML interface to do something useful on the web. Let me repeat that a different way - there is no Flash/Silverlight used here!