July 03, 2002
The Flash Connection

I'm a big fan of diagrams and tree charts. Here is my first attempt in visualising a linked list structure. This kind of list is different to a normal tree structure as there is no top-down hierarchy, but links that can also go circular and create a loop.

I build this little application which tries to visualize the ties between the flash-related sites that I currently link to. My rough crawler could of course only read HTML so pure flash sites will probably show no outgoing links. At the moment the information gets served by a static XML file, but in the future I try to make it fully dynamic (perhaps it is even a better idea to crawl RSS feeds).

I used a spring model in this case so all the sites try to position themselves in a comfortable place. Beware! this will probably run ULTRA-SLOW on tiny CPUs.

This way please:

Posted at July 03, 2002 03:38 PM | Further reading
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Nice visualization. Just wish I could manipulate it a little easier, the most linked sites seem to have too much pull/gravity/whatever-you-call-it so that I can't seperate what is in the middle. Aaaaand...
I couldn't find weblog.bergersen.net in there, was it crawled?

Posted by: Jarle on July 3, 2002 08:48 PM

Very nice application, it really works well. LIke Jarle said though, the ones in the middle have a bit too much pull on it, so you really cant get to a couple of the smaller sites. But other than that, its perfect...

btw... thanks for the links to joshdura.com and flashcomponent.com :)

Posted by: Josh Dura on July 3, 2002 10:04 PM

reminds me of thebrain.com

http://www.thebrain.com

it's neat, but not really useful

Posted by: matt on July 3, 2002 10:17 PM

Sorry Jarle, I must have accidently deleted you...
I just made a new crawl and now you are in.

Allow me a little comment regarding useability - this thing is not really meant to be useful, it should rather show how tight the ties between these sites are. The more a site is linked the tighter it will be pulled towards the middle.

Posted by: coma2mario on July 4, 2002 12:05 PM

cool

Posted by: matt on July 4, 2002 03:12 PM


Try this if you like visualization

http://www.musicplasma.com

Posted by: arizona on January 14, 2004 11:56 PM
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