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I've just learned about the coolest web app - YubNub. I read about it in Roy Osherove's blog.

What it does is, it gives you a "command-line interface" to the web by allowing you to type in simple commands and then transfering you to corresponsing URLs.

For example, to browse an entry in WikiPedia, I usually type-in to my FireFox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X where X is the entry I'm looking for. In YubNub all I have to do is type-in wiki X and whammo! I'm there.

YubNub has tons more of useful commands that users added to it, there's a command to list them and search through them (the command is 'ls' of course :) ). Anyone can add new commands pretty easily. In addition, it's available as a FireFox search plugin (which I've installed ASAP).

And in a counter-revolutionary sort of way, there's a YubNub command that does "anti-YubNub". The command 'gui' accepts another YubNub command as its argument and gives you a GUI for inputting arguments into that command. Tres cool.

Now all we need is a batch language that can harvest the output from YubNub commands and funnel it to others we'd have the easiest framework ever for making mashups. Anyone up for it? :D

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 7:47 AM Web Browsers , web2.0 , ajax , Social Software | Back to top


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Uri - "coolest web app" - that made my day. Cheers!
Left by Jonathan Aquino on May 26, 2006 3:06 AM

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For example, to browse an entry in WikiPedia, I usually type-in to my FireFox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X where X is the entry I'm looking for. In YubNub all I have to do is type-in wiki X and whammo! I'm there.
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You can already do this in Firefox, it's called 'Quick Search'.
Left by Adam Forster on Jul 10, 2006 8:25 PM

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Hi Adam and moi :)

I didn't know you could do the same thing in FireFox. Hip hip for the fox.

Bear these advantages of YubNub in mind though:

- Lots of commands already created so I don't need to make them manually.

- Not limited to FireFox.

- A lot of text manipulation commands which I doubt can be implemented in Quick Search (check out 'filterspring', 'splitv' etc)

- The ability to have one commands output as another command's input which translates to mashups (!)

- A community (pardon - social software) website where all these are shared among users

And after all these compliments, I'm not even affiliated with the thing in any way ;)
Left by urig on Jul 10, 2006 9:01 PM

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YubNub is rewiring my thought paths, I'm thinking in commands now! As I sat there pondering this epiphany, I thought I'd post to the YubNub Group about it. I wrote something like "yubgrub -new YubNub Is Rewiring My Thought Paths." and the first thing I did as soon as I got near a computer was implement that little command (the rewiring goes both ways!).Cheers to YubNub!
Left by James Goodman on Nov 10, 2006 11:15 AM

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Yes great idea, even faster if you create your own protocol, it's easy with Rebol
example for Dzone:
http://reboltutorial.com/blog/dzone-protocol/
Left by Reboltutorial on Jul 15, 2009 1:06 PM

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