The Second Weeks reading list

Having asked questions last week about how to read these articles properly, I have discovered that the full text behind the abstract is a lot richer in information. As a result this week I read about how the average search on search engines such as Google is 2.3 words long. Furthermore the articles explained how web crawlers gather the information from trillions of web pages each second and how each crawler only does a specific word it is assigned to. Moreover a simple crawler could take days to complete a search, however over time they have improved. For example they only look for relevant information, they do not convey sites with lots of spam and tend to leave out the web pages with the least relevance to the search. I also read how to narrow down searches with quotation marks. Also interestingly when comparing search engines due to the different way in which web crawlers are programmed, they bring up around 85% of unique results and only 3% of the same result was actually on all three websites, they had searched on. It could be because different systems such as Lycos, store the information differently into a database, due to the crawlers programming being slightly different. 

Citing for the posts this week:

Hawking, D. 2006. Web search engines. Part 1. Computer, 39 (6), pp. 86-88. Available from: doi: 10.1109/MC.2006.213 [Accessed: 15 Oct 2013].

Hawking, D. 2006. Web Search Engines: Part 2. Computer, 39 (8), pp. 88-90. Available from: doi: 10.1109/MC.2006.286 [Accessed: 15 Oct 2013].

Mauldin, M. 1997. Lycos: design choices in an Internet search service. IEEE Expert, 12 (1), pp. 8-11. Available from: doi: 10.1109/64.577466 [Accessed: 15 Oct 2013].

Spink, A., Jansen, B., Blakely, C. and Koshman, S. 2006. Overlap Among Major Web Search Engines.Information Technology: New Generations, 2006. ITNG 2006. Third International Conference on, pp. 370-374. Available from: doi: 10.1109/ITNG.2006.105 [Accessed: 15 Oct 2013].


The first weeks books

Having read an abstract by Berners Lee I found it interesting that; the world wide web only started out as a way of people saving information and sending to others. It was only meant for people to access information to work on a project together. However today it is a massive space in which millions of people across the globe communicate. Although due to world wide web becoming so popular, the maintenance and research of the web and different area is a never ending task. Then I read another abstract on Mosaic by Vetter, that explained how Mosaic is one of the most popular graphic oriented browsers and that it is used in PC’s running Microsoft Windows, X Windows and Mcintosh. Furthermore I also read an abstract on how to unlock hidden content on the world wide web on area’s such as medicine and travel.  In addition I have started to read up on what the internet is designed for and found that no one actually owns the web. Instead the web has guidelines monitored by W3C. Furthermore I know what each part of a URL is and started to understand the term HTML and it’s function  as a language on the web.

After reading the mark scheme I need to improve by adding my own material, use specialist terms more frequently and add more depth to my writing. In addition I also need to improve by adding multimedia to my blogs and looking through other people’s blogs in the area of computing and challenging their thoughts. As well as this reading the full PDF file and making notes on them would also help my learning.

Cites for this weeks reading:

Berners-Lee, T. 1996. WWW: past, present, and future. Computer, 29 (10), pp. 69-77. Available from: doi: 10.1109/2.539724 [Accessed: 20 Nov 2013].

Niederst Robbins, J. 2007. Learning web design. 4th ed. Beijing: O’Reilly.

Vetter, R., Spell, C. and Ward, C. 1994. Mosaic and the World Wide Web. Computer, 27 (10), pp. 49-57. Available from: doi: 10.1109/2.318591 [Accessed: 20 Nov 2013].

Weaver, A. 1997. The Internet and the World Wide Web. Industrial Electronics, Control and Instrumentation, 1997. IECON 97. 23rd International Conference on, 4 pp. 1529-1540 vol.4. Available from: doi: 10.1109/IECON.1997.664910 [Accessed: 20 Nov 2013].

starting the computing course at Edge Hill

After a tiring but amazing Freshers week, it’s time to settle into my computing course. I can’t help but feel quiet excited as I write my very FIRST blog.Although at the moment the amount of information is overwhelming, it is also left me wondering what I am actually capable of. I suppose I have the next three years in which to find out! I’ll post each week about the material I am reading and let’s see how many challenges we can overcome.