Search Engines

Where would the web be without search engines? How would you have found this page without a search engine?

Best practices when moving your site (#)

The Official Google Webmaster Central Blog provides their list of things to do when moving a site to a new domain. If you ever have to take this up and are worried about How do you do it without hurting your site's performance in Google search results?, then be sure to bookmark this link.

Ideally, you should contact the webmaster of each site that links to yours and ask them to update the links to point to the page on your new domain. If this isn't practical, make sure that all pages with incoming links are redirected to your new site.

Not sure if that first part would ever be practical...

Rollyo (#)

From the website: Rollyo is the fast, easy way to create personal search engines using only the sources you trust. Full of Web 2.0 buzz phrases like "Share Your Searchrolls", the engine is powered by Yahoo! search technology and of course it also has added Ajaxy Goodness.

Some High Rollers - their term for their high profile members (or more popular search engines) - include Debra Messing, Seth Godin and Dooce. Who would have thought those three names would ever be in a sentence together...

Koders - Source Code Search Engine (#)

From the site Koders is a search engine for source code. It enables developers to easily search and browse source code in thousands of projects hosted at hundreds of open source repositories.

Ask Jeeves Blog (#)

The Ask Jeeves weblog.

Google Latent Semantic Indexing (#)

From the article: LSI considers documents that have many words in common to be semantically close, and ones with few words in common to be semantically distant. Get out your thesaurus and start stemming your keywords! LSI may have reared its head in the latest GOOG update...

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The latest from my personal website,

SiteUptime Web Site Monitoring Service

Sitepoint's web devlopment books have helped me out on many occasions both for finding a quick solution to a problem but also to level out my knowlegde in weaker areas (JavaScript, I'm looking at you!). I am recommending the following titles from my bookshelf:

The Principles Of Successful Freelancing

I started freelancing by diving in head first and getting on with it. Many years and a lot of experience later I was still able to take away some gems from this book, and there are plenty I wish I had thought of beforehand. If you are new to freelancing and have a lot of questions (or maybe don't know what questions to ask!) do yourself a favor and at least check out the sample chapters.

The Art & Science Of JavaScript

The author line-up for this book says it all. 7 excellent developers show you how to get your JavaScript coding up to speed with 7 chapters of great theory, code and examples. Metaprogramming with JavaScript (chapter 5 from Dan Webb) really helped me iron out some things I was missing about JavaScript. That said each chapter really helped me to develop my JavaScript skills beyond simple Ajax calls and html insertion with libs like JQuery.

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Like the other books listed here, this provides a great reference for the PHP developer looking to have the right answers from the right people at their fingertips. I tend to pull this off the shelf when I need to delve into new territory and usually find a workable solution to keep development moving. This only needs to happen once and you recoup the price of the book in time saved from having to develop the solution or find the right pattern for getting the job done..