[erlang-questions] getting a chrome extension to talk to erlang

Edward Wang <>
Sat Feb 19 18:26:36 CET 2011

Trying Springpad ;)


On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 1:13 AM, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:

> I've made a little chrome extension that might even be useful :-)
> [[ it's part of my websockets server -- available at
>   https://github.com/joearms/SEBG ]]
> Once installed you can select any region of the current web page you are
> browsing
> by dragging the mouse over the interesting region. Then click on the
> extension icon.
> A popup menu appears. You can add a few comments, click on save
> and a message is sent to a little erlang server sebg.erl.
> The date extracted from the webpage is put into a snippet file
> for future analysis.
> This strikes my as actually being the start of something very useful.
> Bookmarking an entire web page is not so useful, after all what was it on
> the page
> that was interesting?
> I spend half my working life searching for how to do things on the net
> when I find the answer I just want to clip it out of the browser and save
> it
> for future use, so this little code fragment might end up being quite
> useful.
> Next steps -
> 1) in the browser
> better javascript to extract information on the web page
> make a pluging for firefox etc.
> 2) in the server
>   - put the snippets in a database
>   - analyse snippets for semantic information
>   - auto classification of snippets
>   - share snippets with friends
>   - real time chat about snippets
>   - organise snippets into sequences (books :-) keeping track of
>     where they came from for crediting the authors
> A large amount of assistance is needed here.
> Try it out from  https://github.com/joearms/SEBG
> Any volunteers to host a public snippet DB- this would be a good thing to
> benchmark things like couchdb, riak etc.
> /Joe

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