You may have noticed the logos embedded within our site and
wondered what they were about.
For many years Thunderstone provided its free site indexing service as
a way to do a quick demo of our Webinator Site
indexing software. It was pretty popular, and thousands of web sites took advantage of it.
The folks from Master.com had a business plan to provide the same kind of service, but
with many other free applications and a whole lot more finesse than ours. They also
offered to offload the maintenance of our existing sites as well.
To make a long story short, we liked their plan so much that we invested
in their company and provided them with the framework for many of the Texis applications
that they needed.
Master.com can provide your site a bunch of applications like (described in more detail below):
- A global web search engine
- Message boards
- Customized news feed and search
- Tailored Polls and questionnaires
- Event scheduler
- A search engine for your site
The reason we are using their services is because they represent a
showcase of Thunderstone demos, and it's easier for us. You might like them
too. Give Master.com a try.
The following example products demonstrate some of the types of programs that can be written using Thunderstone's Texis Web Script (Vortex). To demo any of these example products, click here.
- Open Directory Search Engine
This engine searches the Open Directory
Project's growing catalog of over 4 million web sites. The raw data is
offered by Open Directory as RDF/XML
data files. Our search engine downloads this data, converts it
into a Texis database, and provides a categorized, searchable
- Site Search
A web crawler written entirely in Vortex, using its ability to
fetch and distill pages from web servers,
is dispatched to a user specified
web site. All of the HTML, text, and PDF files are retrieved and their
textual content stored in a database. The user may then perform
searches against this dataset. When viewing answers the user may view
additional information about the matching document(s), or jump to the
original document on the crawled web site.
- Message Boards
Among the features that make this more than a simple message service are
group types, including public, moderated, and private; message flags,
such as public or private; an integrated spell-checker;
and the ability to be notified when new messages are added.
- Auction & Classifieds
Many of the features that make Texis unique are demonstrated here. Beyond
the simple ability to search through the text of the listings, one can
also restrict by price, and sort on a number of different fields. This
application also shows the ability of Texis to find listings immediately
- Custom News
A differential web crawler is used to look at front pages of various news
sources. New stories are found and indexed. At the same time they are
compared against the profiles that users have stored using the profiling
features of Texis. The users story list is then updated.