IBM Releases Mashup Starter Kit

Fresh news via ZendCon: Go download the IBM Mashup Starter Kit. Included are two web applications: the Mashup Hub, which serves as a repository for data feeds, and QED Wiki, which you’ve probably heard of by now. Developed on the Zend Framework  and Dojo, QED Wiki is a PHP wiki engine specialized for mashup development, no coding needed. At this point very few non-hosted mashup development platforms exist, and to my knowledge this is the first time the source code for such an animal has been released.

You’ll need several pieces to get the Mashup Starter Kit up and running, so setup may be a challenge for some. One specific requirement is a running version of DB2. I’m going to see if I can’t get QED wiki running on MySQL first though.

Oh yeah, screenshots here.

The source release of the Mashup Starter Kit is a significant milestone for the mashup community. Point and click tools such as Dapper and Kapow will help bring mashup ability to the masses with easy to use tools, while more experienced developers will benefit from the source release as a development platform.


About John Herren

John Herren is a developer and technical consultant with focus on web applications. He currently serves as Director of Development for Primetime US, the company behind the hit movie and book The Secet. John was formerly staff writer and developer community evangelist for Zend Technologies. Along with founding neat experiments like, John is an active member in the mashup community, working with API providers and speaking at conferences. He is a published author of Linux certification study material. John enjoys using open source software like PHP and Ruby on Rails to bend the web into exciting new chimeras of hyperlinked goodness. View all posts by John Herren

2 responses to “IBM Releases Mashup Starter Kit

  • Lauren Cooney

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the plug 🙂

    We’re working on (1) making this easier for download – we recognize this is a bit of a pain and we’re working to remedy this and (2) question for you… can you run QED on mySQL? Would be interested to hear about it (I’m a huge fan of the LAMP stack… just don’t tell my IBM buddies).

    If you need more info too, check out my blog:

    And feel free to ping me with questions.

    Lauren Cooney
    IBM CTO Office
    Information Management Group

  • John

    It looks like there’s no issues using MySQL for QED, but it does require a rather up-to-date PHP install (PDO, etc). I’m assuming this is do to the Zend Framework requirements. That being said, this version of QED requires that Mashup Hub is present, and THAT guy wants DB2. I’ve also downloaded the special edition of QED for Mashup Camp 5, and I’ve got it working with MySQL just fine.

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