One of the features that was quietly rolled-out on Programmable Web earlier this year are Developer and Mashup Wikis. What are they? They let anyone who registers an account here to customize their profile page and lets registered users who share mashups here to customize the mashup description. Of course this is better shown by example. Here are some good examples of how developer's have used their wikis:
- ExploreOurPla.net: One of the more elaborate mashup wikis, one that includes images, tables of references, links to news and contact information.
- Vivirama: Didn't add any description but instead used the mashup wiki image tags to show a couple of large screen shots of Paris and Barcelona listings. He also made these as active links so clicking on them brings you back to the corresponding Vivirama page.
- petenixey with a nice, simple developer's wiki
- Ned Gulley uses his wiki to provide a little background on his interesting astronomical mashup Sky Clock
- Marc Mezzacca, whose SecretPrices.com was profiled along with ProgrammableWeb in the September issue of Smart Computing magazine, created this concise mindmap on building shopping mashups.
- The Faneuil Media team uses their wiki to aggregate their 5 journalism-related mashups and promote their services.
Other examples include:
- invaders wiki: Gives background on the goals, design and planned features for Hotel World Map.
- Christian Maehler's wiki gives an outline of services created (most in German).
- The geoPet wiki points to some sample PHP source code for using the Google Search API.
- AlexaRadar's wiki highlights new features added last month.
Some of the more prolific mashup developers have a variety of mashups in their profiles and a provide a bit of summary background in their wikis:
- mashman: Jeff Marshall, mashup consultant, and creator of HotCaptcha, RealEstate Fu and others.
- wuzziwug: Creator of Similarity Web, flicktionary and others.
- mibazaar: With 15 mashups to his name, Virender Ajmani has a developer wiki with background information (pointing-out among other things that he's working on book on Google Maps mashups), and has created some individual mashup wikis such as for Local News by Zip Code.
- transpoman: Who has created a variety of information-rich maps using the Yahoo! Maps API including The United States of Ajax.
The full list of registered mashup developers is here. On a regular basis a notable mashup developer, or team, gets a turn as Featured Developer on the Developer Dashboard. This is the newest dashboard on the site, but still very much a work-in-progress. New features coming soon.