Sunday, May 22, 2005

Personalized google homepage , Jini

Google has launched personalized homepage , check it out !
In case you have worked on portal server and relative stuff (I have not directly - but have friends who do) , you will know the difficulty of what they have achieved - drag and drop portlet windows !
Not sure if they have a proper full fledged portal server running in the background or just a bunch of scripts which spew up the markup.
Whatever be it - it is damn cool and "sexy" :-)
Now , if only they allowed you to syndicate your own content based on atom/rss feeds - maybe someone should file that as an RFE with them ;-)
But the stuff that has been done is damn cool already !

While we are at it , got to this through Google Blog - check it out , you might pick up something interesting.
From the blog entry here , it looks like the personalised homepage is implemented (atleast in part) in python , so all python "fans" can rejoice :-P

Also , finally decided to plunge into JINI - reading the tutorial here.
Also check out Jim Waldo's blog here. If you are interested in distributed computing like I am , you will learn shitloads from the posts and the resulting discussions/comments.
Also try reading this - very very interesting piece.

7 Comments:

Blogger  said...

That drag-&-drop of the windows was one cool piece of hack. I wish I knew enough javascript to grok it!

I think bring-your-own-rss will evantually come; my yahoo lets you do it (I think).

5/23/2005 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Noufal said...

Google's web interfaces simply blow my mind. Some of them are more responsive than completely offline applications I've used.

As for python, if you go the the testimonials page on their site, the first quote is from Google. Gotta love them /and/ the language. :)

5/23/2005 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger MMN said...

Ooooohhhh... B.. E... A... Utiful :)
I almost fainted the first time seeing the drag and drop :)

5/23/2005 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Mridul said...

Should check my own blog comments more often ;)

@Kousik -
I hope so too that own rss will get into google.
The problem of how this will scale would be an interesting challenge : since typically these might not be common for most users and so "cacheability" would be poor. Considering the normal "hitrate" of google - they better have something which scales well !

@Noufal
Might try out the python language sometime in future , but as of now , the ones which I use are suited for the problems I normally solve. No idea about how "good" the language is - just have heard lot of "perl vs python" spats where it usually comes off poorly :)

@MMN
Yep , it does look visually very very appealing ! though functionally the options are limited now (I assume it will become richer as the service improves).

5/25/2005 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

cool am checking it now... have you checked out Yahoo 360 beta

6/07/2005 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, Google totally rocks. These guys do amazing stuff with js. "Suggest" totally rocked and I thought "Search History", though simple, was implemented in a good way...unlike Yahoo! where the site links in the results get totally messed up.

I came to your blog from Chimpu's. Did you graduate from CREC too ?

- Vinay

6/18/2005 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mridul said...

@ Vinay

Yep , was chimpu's batchmate.
Not much of a y! user (other than member of some of the y!groups and the messaging client) so cant compare much there :)

6/18/2005 07:12:00 PM  

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