Scriptaculous Slider in action.

Slider in action at SansJ

Ever since I had it in my mind-even though I could not think of any immediate benefit for my Social Search Site SansJ-I couldn’t make myself to code something that had a more practical value for my site.After about a week of experimenting (I am very average, but, lazy coder) finally managed to create a slider that is kind of Mac OSX’s Summarize feature (definitely not that good).

The reason for creating it goes this way:Due to the very nature of a Social Search, the relevancy of a result for a particular search query is usually proportional to the number of people who have searched for something similar and voted for a result.In other words if more people start using it, the better the results. Unfortunately, SansJ, has not reached a stage where the people power/wisdom is enough to return top quality search results. So, I had to come up with a solution that would not embarrass me. So if I searched for deleting rows in mysql based on date, I know that I can move the Slider to the left to see the most relevant result and ignore the rest. In other words, I see what I want to see (which also happens to be the most relevant).So until SansJ receives the attention it deserves, I will be happy to devise these tools.

Now to how I implemented it. It was a complete hack! I wouldn’t say this is the most elegant solution, but it works (in Firefox, Safari and Opera(mostly) on my MacOSX, I have a feeling it will break in IE ;)) and that is pretty true with all my coding work, I take a problem-to-solution approach with great emphasis on practicality than elegance (why Classes? I ponder!). I used the script.aculo.us library with help from these articles :

For fear of being exposed as a very sloppy programmer (than for any other reason), I am not displaying the source code (‘view source’ is one of the greatest features in any browser).So check out the feature here: http://sansj.com/mysearch3.php and search for say ajax tutorials , php based ip logging and so forth. Happy Sliding.

SansJ.com-Social Search done well!

My search site can be accessed at SansJ.com.I have also created a what-is-SansJ-kinda page here: SansJ Wiki. I intend to write about SansJ and the latest development happening at SansJ in that part of the site.

Also, was successfully able to implement a SansJ search plugin for Firefox 2.0 and IE7(haven’t tested in IE7 as yet).If you would like to create a opensearch plugin, please do visit this site:
Creating_OpenSearch_plugins_for_Firefox and if you are looking for a online opensearch plugin creator check this out: http://keijisaito.info/ready2search/e/.

Further info on SansJ, you can spread the word about SansJ to your friends by going here: http://sansj.com/refer.php , much appreciated if you manage to do that! Also check this interview that appeared on Wired with Eric Schmidt here: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/news/2007/04/mag_schmidt_trans .He talks about how Search is the main focus for Google and how every other product of Google revolves around search. A very insightful article and a very insightful person!

and had been reading Jonathan Franzen’s – How to be alone (after 2 years of reading it for the first time), I am blown over by the guys linguistic capabilities and also the way he so well puts into words the logic/rationality behind it.

That’s it for now!

Check the wiki at http://sansj.com/wiki.