import.io @ Collision 2015 - Show Notes

import.io @ Collision 2015

Wednesday May 6, 2015 (00:11:50)

Description

The web is an interesting technology. It was never meant to be programmable, and is often difficult to interact with for both sides: users and developers. The one thing it has always been good at was what it was originally designed for: lists of data. However, this data has never been particularly good for computers themselves.

That is where import.io comes in. The platform makes reading these lists of data from the web possible for computers who can then use that data for other purposes. For example, being able to read product information from a website can help to create better live comparison shopping products, so you're not forced to believe Google's shopping results which are not usually accurate due to paid results.

import.io is available to use now.

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From laptops and Lumia to Surface and Xbox, get it at the Microsoft Store.

Participants

Scott Ertz

Host

Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.

Trey Davis

Host

Trey was born into a tech career. Instead of going to summer camp as a child, Trey spent summers working at the local news station with his father, an Emmy award winning news director. He honed his audio skills singing in a band, and later worked as a lighting and audio technician for a theme park. Within two years he became the lead technician for the entire park, which included a fully operational CNN sponsored TV station, a full theater and a circus. Later, he became the lead lighting and audio tech for one of the Ringling Bros. circuses, with a stint as a clown for the pure joy of performing. It was at Ringling that he met his wife, who he calls the most beautiful, loving, and funny person he has ever met, and who is also the creator of the 3000 Brigade. Trey was a performer with the 3000 Brigade for nine shows, as well as hosting the 3000 Brigade Podcast, while still doing media on the side. Trey currently edits and cleans audio for PLuGHiTz shows and has also been a special events host.

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