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My custom JOS Reader.


Hi,

I'm always lurking around and I simply love this forum.

Today I took the time to create a little JoS reader. It's not perfect, but it's fun, nonetheless.

http://200.216.144.112:8888/
http://geocities.com/canalruby/jos_reader.html

Thank you :)

Joao
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Cool!

I would like to see one combined with a bayesian filter, to highlight topics I would be interested, based on the topics I've read in the past.

Matthew Lock
Thursday, June 10, 2004


Looks real sexy! Kudos!

Now, I don't really know that language you wrote it in, Perl, PHP or whatever that is, but I'd love to use it. Where can I download a build from?

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Matthew,

That could be interesting. I'm gonna read about the bayesian filter.


Sathyaish,

It's Ruby, but the main site is down.
* http://www.ruby-doc.org/
* http://rubyforge.org/projects/rubyinstaller/
* http://www.ruby-lang.org/ (main site)

Thank you.

Joao
Thursday, June 10, 2004

That filter thing was a good idea and after I did a google for it I found this slashdot article http://ask.slashdot.org/askslashdot/04/03/29/2353236.shtml?tid=126&tid=185 in the top 10 results and from there this pretty cool news site http://memigo.com/ which alsmost does what you ask for.

Somorone
Friday, June 11, 2004

Excellent work Joao!

Now, could you create a small installable for Win2K and make it a freeware :)
I would very much like to install it.

The One You Loved (TOYL)
Friday, June 11, 2004

And could you also include an address book, a calendar, a notepad and a 'to-do' list in it? :-P

Wisea**
Friday, June 11, 2004

If Joel were still around I would suspect these type of programs be banned in a flash. The whole point was that the GUI infuences the interactions.
Oh well. Seems like the idea had hit its limits.

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, June 11, 2004

You know what would be cool. Some some of generic discussion forum GUI plus a kind of driver for each type of forum. One for Joel on Software, Slashdot, etc.

Matthew Lock
Friday, June 11, 2004

Oh, you mean an offline reader such as CCS (Compuserve) used to spawn like gerbils?

Simon Lucy
Friday, June 11, 2004

No offense, but...why? What's wrong with the browser? Unless you did add something like Bayesian filtering.

Hmmm...what about a browser plugin that lets you rate/categorize pages and then when you get to a page like JOS, you click a button, and it spiders the links on the page and highlights the ones it thinks you'll find most interesting.

-b

Brad Greenlee
Friday, June 11, 2004

Wow, it's like a primitive RSS aggregator.  Only without the RSS.  Or aggregation...

Maybe we could just ask Joel nicely to add an RSS feed for this forum (he already has one for joelonsoftware.com) so we can use one of the dozen existing, mature RSS aggregators.

Wally
Friday, June 11, 2004

Er, what's wrong with reading the main page to see if you're interested?

You guys will be asking for softwere to tell you what to eat for breakfast next.

Stephen Jones
Friday, June 11, 2004

"You guys will be asking for softwere to tell you what to eat for breakfast next. "


Right as rain, little Stevie! And when to have our next bowel movements too! :-P

Wisea**
Friday, June 11, 2004

The man had an itch, and he scratched it.

Tapiwa
Friday, June 11, 2004

Its funny how so many programmers will be nice enough when someone is "bowing to their majesty" by asking for help, but if another programmer writes some software or shares a bit of knowledge with any degree of confidence, the other programmers will immediately start to pick at the strawman.  With that in mind, maybe we should revisit why so many programmers complaign about the teamwork at their jobs.

Clay Whipkey
Friday, June 11, 2004

I was just thinking how many dozens of pages of C++ that would take.

Alex
Friday, June 11, 2004

Add a "blacklist" feature for posters and I might buy it.

.
Friday, June 11, 2004

Ooh, the ability to plonk people. I like it.

(Joel would probably want to put a stop to this for this reason alone.)

MilesArcher
Friday, June 11, 2004

Really neat, even though such a perlish language is quite hard to read for me ;-)

Pakter
Friday, June 11, 2004

A blacklist feature based on what? There is no identifiable information on the site.  And offenders will just use different aliases, thus "hacking" the system. Oh, the cleverness.

Here we go... Joel was right to make it the way it is.

Alex
Friday, June 11, 2004

Offenders may use different aliases, but they would not necessarily know that their aliases are blacklisted, and by whom.
However, I agree with you that a blacklist feature would not be that useful here. Thankfully, this is not IRC.

GP
Friday, June 11, 2004

Right, didn't think about that.

Although someone will always say, "<nickname>, you're on my ban list, so don't waste your time."

Alex
Friday, June 11, 2004

It's an interesting program, but what value does it add to the JOS experience.  In order to be useful it has to add value.  As it stands it simply shows the posts in another program.

This is a problem that is readily apparent in the software industry.  The domain is small and there are many players.  Except of course for the illegal monopoly.  (Yes, I do believe if MS were broken up that Apple, BeOS and Linux and several others would be prevalent and on the market and their would be numerous jobs for us all. ;)

I'm Anon Y. Mouse and I approved this message.

Anon
Friday, June 11, 2004

The fonts / layout in the lower pane is a bit butt-ugly.

What would be more use is a script that scrapes the forum and makes an RSS feed from it. Then host that script somewhere and post the URL ;)

Or even better, something that acts as a JoS to Usenet gateway. Sounds like the kind of obscure crap there would probably be a Perl module for out there somewhere.

Matt
Friday, June 11, 2004

I actually wouldn't be half surprised if there was a joelonsoftware parser in CPAN already.

Wally
Friday, June 11, 2004

>And could you also include an address book, a calendar, a notepad and a 'to-do' list in it? :-P

Make that double - two each. Two address books, two calendars, two notepads, two to-do lists. And an ice cream sundae for me.

;-)

BTW, great effort. Excellent!

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Saturday, June 12, 2004

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