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Veronica and Jughead (1991)

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Archie, Gopher, Veronica and Jughead were three standard “finding” tools on the Internet. The rise of Gopher led to two new search programs, Veronica and Jughead. Like Archie, they searched the file names and titles stored in Gopher index systems. Veronica was a Resource-Discovery system providing access to information resources held on most (99% +) of the world’s Gopher Servers.

The Veronica Database was a collection of menus from most Gopher sites. When you did a Veronica Search, you were searching the menu items. Veronica used to build an on-the-spot menu consisting of just those items that matched your request. When the search was finished, Veronica would present you with a customized Gopher menu. Veronica would not only present you with a list of Gopher menu items, it would also act like a Gopher.

Jughead on the other hand was distinct from Veronica. Jughead searched a single server at a time. Jughead indexed the servers quickly so it used to builds its database in memory. When Jughead used all of the available memory, it used to become unacceptably slow, limiting the size the servers it can index. Veronica does not have this problem.

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