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User info request [Jan. 8th, 2004|06:54 am]
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I recently put together a graphical tool for navigating
through the friendof relationships. You can see
an example here:

This applet communicates with a proxy that, right now,
screen scrapes the user info html page. Of course, after
I built it I saw that there is a client protocol available.
However, in perusing the docs, I do not see a call
to get what is on the user info page, e.g., name, journal
title, image, bio, interests and friends.

Is there an api to get this information?

Jeff McWhirter

[User Picture]From: xb95
2004-01-08 07:21 am (UTC)
No, there's not, but there will be in the [near?] future. :) Nifty thing, anyway.
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From: xariusx
2004-01-08 08:56 am (UTC)
That's brilliant. The interface is small though, and it shows with larger friends lists. Perhaps the option to expand the space for those of us with high resolution monitors?

Well done though!
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From: jeffmc
2004-01-08 09:18 am (UTC)

Interface size

Having a decent size for the java applet is difficult due to different browsers (some handle width=100%, some don't) and screen resolutions.
I'll look at that a bit more though.

You can "Float" the applet window (File->Float)
and then resize the window. You can also open
new windows.

The graph layout type and other parameters can be configured through the Layout menu (Set levels, max connections, etc).


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[User Picture]From: mornhyland
2004-01-08 09:01 am (UTC)
I was going to do something like this, though for doing degrees of seperation graphs.

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From: jeffmc
2004-01-08 09:21 am (UTC)

degrees of separation

For kicks check out the imdb (internet movie
database) interface 7 degress of separation
from kevin bacon:

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[User Picture]From: mornhyland
2004-01-08 11:55 am (UTC)

Re: degrees of separation

Do you plan to release your source code?

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[User Picture]From: oct678
2004-01-08 10:42 am (UTC)
i'm getting a [x] when i submit the name :^/

i'd love to get this to work cause yesterday i was thinking how i'd like to make a "map" with markers of the names of all my LJ friends. just a map of the world with little icons where each person lives. i think it's nerdy but it's kinda cool. it'd also be cool to have the same thing for your AIM buddy list, even if you had to manually enter their location.
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[User Picture]From: oct678
2004-01-08 10:58 am (UTC)
nevermind i am stupid. i had to install java.
that's cool but it wasn't what i was thinking, i was thinking more of a geographical location tracker, if one exists.

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[User Picture]From: vulture23
2004-01-08 01:49 pm (UTC)
Something along those lines does exist. It's a map-applet that you post in your LJ, and ask all your friends to indicate where they live. Don't recall the name of it or anything, though...
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[User Picture]From: oct678
2004-01-08 02:57 pm (UTC)
thanks, i'll keep an eye out for it
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[User Picture]From: sillydragon
2004-01-08 10:49 am (UTC)
That's a really sweet applet. }:)
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