Google Suggest Dissected…

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People have been contributing their two cents to how this works, but I have un-compressed (ie. re-written) Google’s compressed javascript, so that the average web developer should be able to get a detailed understanding of how this works…. My final rewrite is available from my website here.

I saw the coolest thing I’ve seen since realizing that Mozilla was embedding a wsdl-enabled SOAP client into this browser… Google Suggest returns suggested results as you type… This is technically amazing on about at least two different levels:

  1. How fast this is… I type pretty fast, and it updates with every single keypress…
  2. The cool web interface… I used to be pro-server side web updates, and avoiding javascript, but I’m really turning around on this with the impressive interfaces I’ve seen with gmail, and now google suggest (among others…)

So everyone is impressed by this… My shock and awe goes further in terms of how nice this interface works:

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