Being able to assign labels to content to organize information for searching is superior to placing content in folders for manual browsing. The folder concept may be suitable to physical documents on paper, but does not lend itself well to digital information. The labels concept combined with an effective search capability is a faster way… Continue reading Searching Instead Of Browsing: Organizing Information Using Labels as Meta-Data
Changing the URLs of pages containing narrative content like articles has several disadvantages, especially for a content site: Readers’ bookmarks to the site’s pages break Links archived in electronic mediums (e.g. emails, documents) & print mediums (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers) to evergreen content1 like articles or news stories break Incoming links from other sites break… Continue reading Preserving URLs of Evergreen Content
Great businesses are often started by people without a formal business background but with passion, vision and the ability to execute. Neither Craigslist nor [founder and chairman Craig] Newmark benefits financially from the deal. EBay and Craigslist both were started in 1995 by pocket-protector-type programmers; each became wildly successful in its own way, attracting fervent… Continue reading Craigslist & eBay: Community sites founded by programmers
BeanShell is a fully Java compatible scripting language, capable of interpreting ordinary Java source files. You can also use it for working with Java interactively like an interpreted Unix Shell or Perl. You can try out Java’s object features, APIs, GUI widgets and other libraries hands on. BeanShell is free and also ships bundled with… Continue reading Java Progammer? Use BeanShell
Can’t find what you are looking for using Google? There are other search engines too. For specific searches, some of these may have their own unique advantages over Google. Google is still great too, but isn’t the only option around anymore. [blogroll-links categoryslug=”search-engines”] Update: 2008-Feb-02: The above list is now managed as WordPress blogroll links… Continue reading Other Web Search Engines
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Search, when effectively integrated with content, creates a combination that is greater than the sum of the two separately. Let us consider an example. A printed phone book has been available to people for decades. The information in it was accessible primarily for one intended purpose: search by name for phone number and home address.… Continue reading Content Management: Content & Search Technologies
November 24th was the day I got the freedom to switch my phone service from AT&T Wireless back to Verizon Wireless and this time without changing my number. (I had been a happy Verizon customer in the past and had gone to AT&T for their lower rates.) Verizon’s mobile phone network in the U.S. has… Continue reading Can you hear me now? Good