Simon on Greasmonkey

March 31st, 2005

Simon Willison on Greasemonkey as a lightweight intermediary:

I’m using this for my final year project, a decentralised web annotation system that lets you annotate pages, storing your annotations locally and then sharing your public annotations as a feed (similar to the way RSS aggregators work). The trick there is to run a local web server on some port, then have the Greasemonkey user script (eventually a full extension) communicate with that local server to store and retrieve data. I’m using Ruby on Rails’ built in WEBrick server to prototype the service, and it’s working a treat.

As Sam Ruby said: I want. I want. IWantIWantIWant.

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