By cwebster on Jan 02, 2008
Dapper is an interesting software as a service website that serves as a transformation engine for the content of a website. The content can be converted to a variety of different formats including RSS, XML and JSON. One of the common use cases for Dapper is to select some subset of a website's content, which is certainly interesting. However, a more interesting use case for "Web Service" type applications is the ability to create an external API for web sites which do not have API's defined. These API's are constructed using the Dapper interface which allows publishing a RESTful service that can then be consumed by service side mashup services. There is a free dapper camp in San Francisco in February where you can learn more about this technology.
In addition to the dapper camp, a contest to build a NetBeans plugin is underway. If you are considering enhancing the NetBeans REST or other web technology support this provides an interesting incentive.