Ontology, Tags and Such. Oh My!

I read a spectacular article today, Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags. It’s like it was written just for me. The section labeled mind reading really helped reign in the feature creep on TagShadow. Whenever I look at a tag cloud my immediate reaction is to start pruning away all the junk data. After reading this I’m pretty sure I’m comfortable stepping back and letting the data speak for itself.

Another decision helped me solidify my priorities with TagShadow. Amazon has decent tag data. I’m going to set up a sort of sandboxed alpha version that uses the logic I’m developing, but instead of user input everything will run on amazon data. Hopefully that’ll let everyone get an idea what I’m trying to build. Once the logic works for amazon’s canned tag data, I’ll implement a version that’ll handle users and run off the data they provide.

Having deliverables to work towards makes me a happy developer. Knowing what I don’t have to code is priceless. I’ve had the chance to experiment pretty extensively with jQuery the past couple days. At the office it was exceedingly useful and tonight I made some updates to TwitterPlusOne It’s been a good day.

~ by mentatjack on August 19, 2009.

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