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Kartoo.com - WebReference Update - 020528

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This week the Doc continues his scripting .NET series with a look at inheritance. We excerpt two books, on XSLT and Java Web Services. Our feature this week is a look at a new visual search engine, Kartoo.com. Type in a query and up pops an interactive map with sized nodes and semantic links connecting the nodes. It's an interesting glimpse into the future of the "Semantic Web" Tim Berners-Lee envisioned.

In other voices SitePoint interviews PHP's creator and PC World takes a gander at Netscape 7. The Mozilla developers are not resting on their laurels either. They've released Mozilla 1.0 RC3, with 1.0 due on June 7. In other news, Jim Sterne's new book on "Web Metrics" is due out next month, and yet another virus is wreaking havok on an inbox near you.

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New this week on WebReference.com and the Web:

1. BOOK EXCERPT: XSLT Developer's Guide 2. JAVASCRIPT: JScript .NET, Part IV: Inheritance 3. BOOK EXCERPT: Professional Java Web Services, Pt. 2 4, FEATURE: Kartoo.com: A Different Kind of Search Engine 5. OTHER VOICES: * Interview - PHP's Creator, Rasmus Lerdorf * A first look at Netscape 7 6. NET NEWS: * New Book: Web Metrics * Klez.H 'becomes biggest virus'

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. BOOK EXCERPT: XSLT Developer's Guide

Detailed discussions of how new technologies work are all well and good, but too often neglect the practical and realistic uses of that technology. Our excerpt from "XSLT Developer's Guide" examines the realistic use of XSLT in the enterprise, and begins with a run-down of XSLT support in the latest browsers. From Osborne/McGraw Hill.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. DOC JAVASCRIPT: JScript .NET, Part IV: Inheritance

Contrary to Mom's instructions, you don't always have to share your toys. With the right keywords, JScript .NET lets you ensure that your base methods cannot be replaced. By Yehuda Shiran and Tomer Shiran.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. BOOK EXCERPT: Professional Java Web Services, Pt. 2

How many ways are there to say "Hello World?" Part 2 of our series of excerpts from "Professional Java Web Services" shows you how to deploy an Apache SOAP based Web service from the command line and the administration interface. From Wrox Press.


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4. FEATURE: Kartoo.com: A Different Kind of Search Engine

In late April of 2002, KartOO SA launched Kartoo.com, a visual meta-search engine. Kartoo creates an interactive map (or cartographic interface) of search results based on your query. Using Flash and HTML, Kartoo does with Flash what Tim Bray's Antarcti.ca did with JavaScript, XML, and the Open Directory Project for Map.net.

http://www.map.net http://www.webreference.com/new/010524.html

Kartoo is a different kind of search engine. Like Map.net, Kartoo displays query results and presents them in a visual way. Unlike Map.net, Kartoo queries multiple search engines, and uses the popular Flash plug-in to display the results. The result of your query is displayed with an interactive map, using balls to designate major sites that cover your query term. The size of each ball shows how relevant and popular each site is. These nodes are linked together by dynamic "semantic links" labeled with keywords. These connections help visualize the relationships between items. Clicking on the link allows you to add or subtract the theme to your initial request, and Kartoo translates the syntax depending on which search engines are activated.

Rollover a node, and a description pops up. Rollover a connection and you can add or subtract that term, refining your query. More advanced users can further refine their searches with the advanced search interface (URL, near, domain, images). The interface is intuitive, and it makes navigating through the space of your query topic easy, speeding up your searches. Maps can be stored locally and forwarded.

It's more free form than Map.net, which is based on AOL Time Warner's Open Directory Project. You get the feeling that you are navigating through Web space, not restricted to a human- edited list of sites. The downside of course it the lack of an overall taxonomy. It's on the fly, with "semantic links" and related categories and topics.

Kartoo is pretty responsive too (though lately it is being inundated with hits), no doubt using the XML communication capabilities of Flash to cache key data. Laurent Baleydier and his team spent two years perfecting the technology, and chose Flash as the primary interface mechanism. The result is a relatively seamless experience, once you get the first result map back.

I'd like to see easier ways to zoom in and out of their maps, and better response times. Unlike Map.net, it is hard to tell where you are within the overall taxonomy of the Web. However, their overnight success means they are probably upgrading their capacity as we speak, and I wouldn't be surprised if they are acquired in short order. Check it out, I think you'll be surprised.


Addendum: Note that some users have reported that Kartoo.com is inaccessible with "safe surfing settings" turned on. In IE 5 with ZoneAlarm and Ad-Subtract running one user reported some problems. The site also uses ActiveX, which can be unsecure. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5. OTHER VOICES: Interview - PHP's Creator, Rasmus Lerdorf, A first look at Netscape 7

* Interview - PHP's Creator, Rasmus Lerdorf

Sitepoint group interviews the creator of PHP. http://www.webmasterbase.com/article/767 Webmasterbase.com, May 22, 2002

* A first look at Netscape 7

AOL Time Warner released version 7 beta 1 last week, based on the Mozilla 1.0 RC2. Meanwhile, Mozilla.org has released the final release candidate before going golden in June, Mozilla 1.0 RC3 fixes 139 bugs in RC2. http://www.mozilla.org/ http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/internet/05/23/netscape.7.idg/ CNN/PCWorld.com, May 23, 2002

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6. NET NEWS: New Book: Web Metrics, Klez.H 'becomes biggest virus'

* New Book: Web Metrics

Web Metrics is coming out in early June. Written by Jim Sterne marketing expert, Web Metrics shows how to measure the success of your web site. http://www.targeting.com/ Jim Sterne, June 2002

* Klez.H 'becomes biggest virus'

The computer virus Klez.H has become the biggest of all time, surpassing SirCam, according to an e-mail security company. http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/05/27/virus.klezh/index.html CNN.com, May 27, 2002

That's it for this Tuesday, see you next time.

Andrew King Newsletter Editor, WebReference.com aking at internet dot com


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