Mink Machine

Google Suggest is only the beginning

I’m really starting to get addicted to the new Google Suggest function, another gem added to their ever-increasing bag of tricks. This nifty thing provides auto complete in your web search.

It’s actually quite straightforward stuff. A condensed JavaScript disables the browser’s auto complete in the search field and defines a hidden div field. The div body is populated at each character while you type. It’s really too fast to be doing a full Google search and postback, so I guess they keep an in-memory list of the most popular searches while using XMLHttpRequest to run queries.

It’s fast, it’s cool and it’s Google. This will not be the last time we see this technique.

Oh, and this Desktop Search thingie from Microsoft, included in the MSN Toolbar Suite. I say it’s just another desperate act to catch up on the innovative minds at Google and their own Desktop Search technology. I would much rather have Microsoft fix that so called search function in XP instead of adding another product doing what the built-in should have done in the first place. And yes, the built-in does support indexing as well, as long as you’re able to find out how to enable it. Hopefully it will be fixed in the release of Longhorn using WinFS, the fifth horseman of the apocalypse.

Update: The technique was named Ajax by Jesse James Garrett in February 2005.

Comments

No comments yet.

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

Chilling in Chile

"My weary feet has reached Valparaiso. After almost a month of traveling across the South American continent I realize that this is as far south as I will come, due to weather conditions."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."

I still love you, New York

"Now I’m back and our roles are somewhat reversed. Like River Song and the Doctor, we meet again under different circumstances."

Instagram