Monday, October 4, 2010

Jaanga Roadmap

Test case code showing a portion of the S&P 500

Jaanga is being re-programmed as a widget.

The benefits include:
  • No browser plug-in or program install necessary
  • No intermediate servers are required
The desired goal: It just works.

Jaanga is an ongoing project. In the next few weeks and months here are some of the features and benefits you might start seeing:

Short Term
  • Near-real-time data - no 15 minute delay
  • Trails or tails so you can see where a symbol is going
  • Access to over a thousand symbols on a single screen 
  • Index numbers as plot lines 
There are working test cases for each of these features though there are still issues with all four.

On-Going
  • Themes with better readability
  • Views or setups that are more compelling
  • Currently pulling data every five seconds. Can it be faster?
There are three aspects to a web site: Content, Appearance and Behavior (technically: HTML, CSS and JavaScript). This Alpha release goes a long ways towards fulfilling the desired behaviors, but there's a lot more to be done in in building up a content of interesting patterns of data and presenting an appearance of data so that the brain registers the changes more readily.

Long Term
  • Streaming data
  • Mash-ups from multiple sources
  • 3D views with six degrees of freedom
  • Recording and storing data for instant replay
  • Far more complex behaviors being modeled 
  • Automated capturing of fresh outliers  
In technology, it used to be normal to that what you wanted was not quite ready yet. Now, with the Internet, there's so much cool new stuff the issues are all to do with how to deal with the backlog of things you want to do.

The deluge of data affects not only economists, journalists, scientists, it affects humble script writers too. The best new invention may just be about making good use of what is there already.

Can do.
"This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
- Winston Churchill