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I couldn't stand moving from computer to computer and having to look upBookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
different bookmarks.  I wanted to be able to search my bookmarks and havesynced with the bookmarks I have at work, and a way of solving my
bookmarks I never used moved out of my way.  I wanted to share my bookmarksfrustrations in sharing bookmarks with other people over computers.  It also
with someone.  And I wanted total integration with the browser, so I didn'tis an outgrowth of the bluesky <a
have to go through a web interface or a specific bookmarking program. 
 
<p> Bookie is a project born of an itch to make collaborative bookmarking a 
reality.  It was partly conceived out of <a 
 href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good  href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good
 bookmarking</a> and <a  bookmarking</a> and <a
 href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/misc/199805/collaborative-bookmark-index.html">collaborative  href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/misc/199805/collaborative-bookmark-index.html">collaborative
bookmark indexing</a>.bookmark indexing</a>.  In addition, there are sites which attack this
 problem from another angle: <a
 href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and <a
 href="http://source.syr.edu/~jdimpson/urlmon/ideas.html#netscape">UrlMonitor</a>.
 
 <p>Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks.  Every person I know has a
 collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years.  Not only
 the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
 critical.  Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
 collection of well organized bookmarks.  Yet while it is easy to send a URL
 over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible.  It is
 impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
 all information can be synced over a department.  And it's really hard to
 keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
 
 <p>The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
 solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
 Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
 central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF.  Likewise, whenever a
 bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
 with all the other clients.
 
 <p>Most of the work is already done -- Mozilla already has an
 RDFXMLDataSource, and all that needs to be done on the client end is some
 work to hook it into the network layer, and a way to present that data as a
 treeview.
 
 <p>The more involved work is in writing a server which can parse RDF,
 construct an internal RDF graph, and can convert the internal RDF graph into
 an SQL database.  And writing it out the other way.
 
          serialized RDF <--> RDF graph <--> SQL database
 
 <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do
 -- it could invalidate useless bookmarks, keep a cache of bookmarks for
 you... it could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by
 typing a password... It could provide folders with multiple parents so that
 you could have the equivalent of symlinks in folders... It could rearrange
 or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria (popularity, last
 updated)... You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only
 annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the
 most popular float to the top...  You could adjust your filter so that only
 the oldest or the newest bookmarks show up.
 
 <p>Anyway...
 
 <p> The server is done, although it still is read-only.  You can import
 bookmarks into the database and you can read bookmarks out of the server.
 The mozilla client will connect to the server, but I've had some troubles
 getting the RDF from the server synced up with the user interface.  There's
 also a client written in Swing which I'm using for debugging, which is
 teaching me the joys of asynchronous non-blocking network IO in Java.
   
 <p>The server is written in Java which sends bookmark information over a  
 protocol to the client.  The server is written and can get bookmarks and  
 folders to the client in RDF format.  
   
 <p> An integration to Mozilla is halfway done.  There is also a debugging  
 client written in Swing.  

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