2007 Oct 06 - Sat
Open Source Site of the Day -- OSSWAD: Open Source Savvy Web Application Developer
An OSSWAD, almost sounds like a forbidden word. Based upon
Bob Zurek's column, there are Osswads, and then there are OSSWADs. Many
developers of web sites 'out there' already use Open Source tools to get the job done.
Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Perl, and PHP are commonly used tools by Osswads.
On the other hand, one gets the impression that real, enterprise savvy OSSWADs, use some
real hard core tools like:
- hadoop: large scale
distributed compute clusters. Amazon has a developer resource center with a
- lucene: not just search
software, but something that provides the basis for getting meaningfull context. There is
an informative online book to go
alone with it.
- nutch: adds web
specifics to lucene: web crawling, link-graphs, and parsers.
These Open Source projects fill in more of the gaps of the thinking I've been doing on
providing some contextual search products in specific subject matter areas. It looks like I
won't have to do as much ground up development as I thought I might need to do.