Parallactic Drift beta is now live!
About time! I’ve been working on this project and finally, I have something posted online to show for it.
Right now Parallactic Drift stands more as a proof of concept of a scalable AJAX framework that can fit into any CMS that can automate its compiling XSLT scripts (through either Cron or Cron-like functions) and a better search function.
The framework is entirely client-side, using jQuery to hide and present search query-matching stories in individual modal windows that float above a fixed map with location points. As a result, it’s a pretty big page with a slow search function and other limitation (i.e. the page does not contain my favored fade others function for emphasis because of the sheer number of news items). The news items come from a few weeks of gathering all of the RSS feeds from the BBC.co.uk, Economist.com, English.Aljazeera.com and CNN.com. So individually, the news items number in the thousands.
Please forgive the bugs and the lack of browser compatibility of this version. That said I’m still working through some of the kinks (such as not getting all of the results to show up during a search), and I welcome any constructive criticism through the comments section here, my twitter or through my portfolio site‘s contact form.
I’d like to give special thanks to Jim Zullo, Vin Crosbie, Matt Doxtad and the host of real programmers online at Stack Overflow for helping me make this beta launch possible.