Sourceforge.net redesigned home page

While searching for some open source software today, i just bumbed onto a “new”: Streamed and clearer version of sourceforge.net website. It’s quiet nice i may say, when u enter the page, u don’t have a lot of stuff, like the normal one.

It’s a Google like home page i may say, not many actions, but the essentials that are needed is visible. Let’s say is more web 2.0

The bright orange is a bit too flashy and takes up too much of the screen i may think. It could have been a bit smaller.

For those who don’t what sourceforge.net is about here is a part of the description from wikipedia:

SourceForge.net is a source code repository and acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development. SourceForge.net is operated by Sourceforge, Inc. (formerly VA Software) and runs a version of the SourceForge software, forked from the last open-source version available. A large number of open source projects are hosted on the site (it had reached 178,832 projects and 1,861,990 registered users[2] as of 2008, although it does contain many dormant or single-user projects).

SourceForge.net has offered free access to hosting and tools for developers of free software / open source software for several years, and has become well-known within such development communities for these services.

SourceForge.net competes with other providers such as RubyForge, Tigris.org, BountySource, BerliOS, JavaForge and GNU Savannah.

Read more about sourceforge here.

Yahoo! Search BOSS

Yahoo has just opened his search engine to us developer folks, we can now mindle and medle about to improve our search result on our own website. The codename for this open API is BOSS (Build your Own Search Service). As describe in zdnet article: is this a way for Yahoo to try to get some market shares in the search industry on GOOG.

Here is an extract from Yahoo! Search BOSS YDN

BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is Yahoo!’s open search web services platform. The goal of BOSS is simple: to foster innovation in the search industry. Developers, start-ups, and large Internet companies can use BOSS to build and launch web-scale search products that utilize the entire Yahoo! Search index. BOSS gives you access to Yahoo!’s investments in crawling and indexing, ranking and relevancy algorithms, and powerful infrastructure. By combining your unique assets and ideas with our search technology assets, BOSS is a platform for the next generation of search innovation, serving hundreds of millions of users across the Web.

Yahoo! Search BOSS

I’ll try to experiment a bit on it, to see if i can get to integrate the search on this blog for a small…

Abode Flash is Google and Yahoo Index friendly

Adobe Flash LogoHere we are, the day that many developers, specially Flash developer has been waiting for… their application can now be crawled and indexed by Google and Yahoo search engine this was officially announced by adobe on tuesday: “to enhance search engine indexing of the Flash file format (SWF) and uncover information that is currently undiscoverable by search engines.”

They have been working together with Google and Yahoo for a way to give access to all the information that can be found in Flash application that have been hanging around the web for the some times now.

So what does that mean, in the Web world: Flash developers that have strived to create faboulous flash websites and application, that could only be reached via direct linking, will now be seen in Google and Yahoo search result, WOW this means millions of Flash application links will make their appearance in the day to day searching on GOOG.

From my point of view this is something really good. But what will happen to AJAX application with fancy effects ? will they not be replaced by Flash which is now INDEXABLE 🙂 natively by the web crawler. From what i know from the internal working of flash, their are series of events that are triggered to be able to navigate in an application, so when the crawler will index it, will it be by pages or by scene… What will be the effect of this changes on the Web 2.0 era ?

i’ll make some research to see how it will be working and maybe post back something here. If anyone has extra information or reaction to this post, do not hesitate to post a comment.

Here is an article from ZDNET:

It’s a big day for rich Internet applications. Why? You can now find these newfangled Web applications a lot easier. Google, Yahoo and Adobe have teamed to make Flash file format content easier to find….

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