And now for something completely different

I’m not sure it is useful,  but it is one of the more creative approaches to searching I’ve seen. Amaztype takes an entirely different approach to finding things on Amazon.  They start by presenting you with a sparse (beta?) window

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I’ve put the word Silverlight into the title. I then click Start Search and it begins beeping and fizzing as it gathers data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books begin to appear;  small, sparse at first…

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If you move the browser, it starts over with a "boop"  Soon small piles form

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Then larger piles, one on top of another…

Books

 

Click for Details

If you click on a book, you zoom to that pile and a second click gets you quick box with essential info (author, price, etc.)

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Another click takes you to the web page.

 

But if you are patient….

 

If you hold back, and just let it cook for a while, something interesting happens with the piles of books….

 

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( Yes, it’s flash, not silverlight, but it’s RIA and an interesting approach. )


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About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is an independent consultant and programmer with three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP and Telerik MVP.
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