Yesterday, the New York Times R&D Lab announced streamtools, a web-based graphical tool for working with streams of data. It lets users create dataflow systems to re-mix and process the streams they believe most data will consist of in the near future.
Streamtools looks nice, but I do have some questions:
- What does it offer that Yahoo! Pipes didn't seven years ago?
- (How) have they addressed Pipes' shortcomings? (See for example the Stolee and Elbaum paper from 2011, or my post from 2011 about If This Then That for science.)
- Why would I use any of these systems rather than something like the Kinetic Rules Language?
- Why will people who don't use Pipes, IFTTT, or KRL (which is almost all of us) use streamtools?
This post originally appeared in the Software Carpentry blog.