Nov 12, 2007

Google Ajax Search and Ajax Feeds

Existing Search Paradigm
The concept of Search page and a Feeds aggregrator is not old, most of us are much aware of it. However, the fact remains internet is a growing store of information, and as each day passes more and more information is added. Being good news, this is also a bad news, because reaching the right kind of information becomes difficult.

We all have been using Google's search engine for doing our searches and narrowing down to the information we need. Also some of us would already be we aware of Google's Feed Aggregator to aggregate the feeds we are interested in.

Existing Search capabilities already available
The following has been used by many users but is not so userful for people interested in the conference.

New Scenario - Getting your visitor to right content
Having said that, now think about a scenario, in which you wish to invite number fo people to Google's Technology Conference in lets say New Jersey. A number of people who have never been to New Jersey would come the very first time. I as a organizer would have enough knowledge about New Jersey, where the Venue, and what to expect near the venue. This is a place where Google Ajax Search and Feed APIs are the most appropriate to be used.

Example- Ajax Search Blogspot

Dynamic Content
The organizer can typically put a blog for the conference. But instead of keeping the blogs static in which user can only read information, Ajax Search and Feed APIs can be used to make it more powerful and intutive to the user.

For example, search bar can be put on the right side of the blog allowing user to search right there. A Video Search bar can be provided to allow user to search for vidoes. A Map Search with a map can be shown in the right side, with some keyword (links) put below, to show nearest accomodations, coffee shop. User can click on these to get more information. User can also do he own LOCAL search to find what he/she wishes to find near the conference.
A Video Bar could be provided in the same page on the left side to may be show what happened last year in the conference.

The whole idea is to get the user access the right kind of information, painlessly. Since the conference blog has an intend, the search options provided to the users too have the same intend is to help people interested in attending the conference.

Try it out
Visit to see the Ajax search in Action, see how easy you can reach the information which you intend to reach.

Technical Capabilities of Ajax Search
The following searches are possible
1. Local Search
2. Typical Web Search
3. Video Search
4. Blog Search
5. News Search
6. Image Search
7. Book Search

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  1. Hi all,

    I am working for a software integrator company. My projects includes working on Java and Ruby on Rails and Ajax. I think Web Services is really cool. We also recently have to now work on REST and they are talking about mashups and Struts. Can anyone tell me if there are some good training or conferences so that me and my team members can get to speed with these technologies. Learning from books is not my cup of tea, even not when I was doing engineering ;)

    All the help that group members can provide in this regard is much appreciated.


  2. Hi Vaibhavi,

    There are several online resources available that you just google for. If any of your team like to read then quality books from wiley and oreilly cover such technologies in detail.

    I also highly recommend you could attend the upcoming Great Indian Developer Summit ( that is covering Java, Agile, REST, JAX-RS, mashups, .NET, Rich Web, JPA, SOA, rich user experiences, Spring, Groovy and more. They have most of the creators of these technologies as speakers. My team is attending this summit 22-25 apr at IISc campus where we are attending the web conference on April 23 and java on April 24. We have been able to get very good discounts. Maybe all those who are interested from your group can sign up together and get a good bargain from them. what say? I also attended last year's conference and had a really cool time.

    In Hyderabad there is Sun Tech Days with some sun speakers.


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