The Home Page
Digging into the internet looking for "hope"
What it does
In other words, it will find randomly generated websites based on the word provided to the engine. It does so by checking the generated domains for server response. It will then display the webpage in our website (as best to our ability).
Much like the random nature of our intelligent agent, the idea materialized from unidentified sources and was amply confirmed by my peers.
In other words, it just came to our group member Eric and we rolled with it.
Our Name and Domain
Our name is a pun and comes from taking some more literal meanings of the two words. The purpose of dowsing is to find wells, but having a well would indicate that the dowsing is done. But that's where our name really becomes beautiful. See, we have the the wonderful wellspring that is the complete internet. And although there are many options, we won't always find "water". In these cases we have to keep dowsing, until we find something worth our time. For this is the meaning of our name Dowsing well.
We obtained the domain name www.dowsingwell.com from domain.com. Although, due to server propagation times, our domain is currently not pointing to our website at this time. Our site can be found at the "try it out" link below.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we are proud of
We pulled together as a team to divide up tasks and complete a finished product within the 36 hour time frame. We were able to add most of the functionalities we planned on implementing and we were able to make a functional product that is hosted on amazon web service's EC2 within the short amount of time allotted to us.
What we learned
What's next for Dowsing Well
We would love to improve the algorithm, along with improve the interface. Adding a rating and comment system can really help index the internet. If we had more time, we would have included a trending section on the home page using angularJS.
We had a lot of fun building this application, and as soon as it was built we started messing around with it. It's really a lot of fun to use and we encourage people to try it out. Although, we do warn you that it is the full, unfiltered internet and we have no control what will come up. Even though in our testing it seemed to be quite safe, there is always a risk.