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On Dasher

Posted by cadsmith on November 23, 2008

When it comes to reviewing and interacting with data from multiple sources, there are alternatives to stand-alone disks or centralized servers. This is seen with the web cloud and virtualization, or CPU clusters, or the popularity of wireless or mobile devices such as smartphones, or expectations for software radio. Applications can include status, testing, diagnostics or business intelligence.  Since the number of existing products is limited, a topic of study might include how to customize user-interface solutions when the sources are not pre-defined or can change dynamically. Browser-based computing has been around for several years. There are tools that allow the end-user to create a solution through scripting. This can interface platform APIs. Previous posts have looked at javascript, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, PHP, SQL and RSS. Recently read Greasemonkey Hacks, Pilgrim, 2005, 352pp, about a utility that runs on browsers between add-ons and web sites. It showed how to compare prices across book marketing sites and how to remember everything that was read for purpose of search by keywords or metadata. It can be downloaded from greasespot and run on browser such as firefox, using source installed from userscripts. On windows XP, these and original scripts might be put into directory c:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<randomized name subdirectory>. Some of the tasks that might be useful include searching groups of sites for tagged material, doing metrics with or without a common API, using data-driven protocols for storage-less and state-less processor networks, or manipulating data feeds possibly for semantic web.  See links for greasemonkey or additional tags such as javascript, webdevelopment, css, firefox, microformats, dhtml, html, xml, and xhtml.

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