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Entry of JumpStation (1993)

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JumpStation (released in December 1993) used a web robot to find web pages and to build its index, and used a web form as the interface to its query program. JumpStation was thus the first WWW resource-discovery tool to combine the three essential features of a web search engine (crawling, indexing, and searching). Because of the limited resources available on the platform on which JumpStation ran, its indexing and hence searching were limited to the titles and headings found in the web pages the crawler encountered.

JumpStation used document titles and headings to index the web pages found using a simple linear search, and did not provide any ranking of results. JumpStation had the same basic shape as Google search. Brian Pinkerton, a CSE student at the University of Washington, starts WebCrawler in his spare time. At first, WebCrawler was a desktop application, not a Web service as it is today.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 4:52 am

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