Annotation of bookie/www/index.html, revision 1.4

1.4     ! will        1: Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
        !             2: synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and a way of solving my
        !             3: frustrations in sharing bookmarks with other people over computers.  It also
        !             4: is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a
1.3       will        5: href="">good
                      6: bookmarking</a> and <a
                      7: href="">collaborative
1.4     ! will        8: bookmark indexing</a>.  In addition, there are sites which attack this
        !             9: problem from another angle: <a
        !            10: href="">Bookmarker</a> and <a
        !            11: href="">UrlMonitor</a>.
        !            12: 
        !            13: <p>Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks.  Every person I know has a
        !            14: collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years.  Not only
        !            15: the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
        !            16: critical.  Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
        !            17: collection of well organized bookmarks.  Yet while it is easy to send a URL
        !            18: over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible.  It is
        !            19: impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
        !            20: all information can be synced over a department.  And it's really hard to
        !            21: keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
        !            22: 
        !            23: <p>The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
        !            24: solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
        !            25: Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
        !            26: central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF.  Likewise, whenever a
        !            27: bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
        !            28: with all the other clients.
        !            29: 
        !            30: <p>Most of the work is already done -- Mozilla already has an
        !            31: RDFXMLDataSource, and all that needs to be done on the client end is some
        !            32: work to hook it into the network layer, and a way to present that data as a
        !            33: treeview.
        !            34: 
        !            35: <p>The more involved work is in writing a server which can parse RDF,
        !            36: construct an internal RDF graph, and can convert the internal RDF graph into
        !            37: an SQL database.  And writing it out the other way.
        !            38: 
        !            39:         serialized RDF <--> RDF graph <--> SQL database
        !            40: 
        !            41: <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do
        !            42: -- it could invalidate useless bookmarks, keep a cache of bookmarks for
        !            43: you... it could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by
        !            44: typing a password... It could provide folders with multiple parents so that
        !            45: you could have the equivalent of symlinks in folders... It could rearrange
        !            46: or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria (popularity, last
        !            47: updated)... You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only
        !            48: annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the
        !            49: most popular float to the top...  You could adjust your filter so that only
        !            50: the oldest or the newest bookmarks show up.
        !            51: 
        !            52: <p>Anyway...
        !            53: 
        !            54: <p> The server is done, although it still is read-only.  You can import
        !            55: bookmarks into the database and you can read bookmarks out of the server.
        !            56: The mozilla client will connect to the server, but I've had some troubles
        !            57: getting the RDF from the server synced up with the user interface.  There's
        !            58: also a client written in Swing which I'm using for debugging, which is
        !            59: teaching me the joys of asynchronous non-blocking network IO in Java.
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