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Cool tools

4 February 2007

I’ve never been a fan of reinventing the wheel. That said, so many of the F/OSS tools you find on the web are über-customized, and take enough work to bend to your own will that you might as well roll your own.

Not so with Simile Timeline from MIT. I’ve been using this on a couple of projects, and it really does work as advertised. “Timeline is a DHTML-based AJAXy widget for visualizing time-based events. It is like Google Maps for time-based information…Just like Google Maps, Timeline can be used with zero software installation, server-side or client-side. And like Google Maps, you can populate Timeline with data by pointing it to an XML file.”

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