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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

The intent of this project is to easily find somebody’s address, phone number or email address using various databases on the web. You have to enter the name of the person you are search for in many different formats, one for each search engine. People search engines include: Your job is to write an application that lets you enter the name to search for and additional information you might have in one standard format, then submit that to each of the specialised name search engines and summarise the results. You can then use this to find email addresses, phone numbers or snail mail addresses, depending on which search engines you use.

Technically this is very similar to the Submit-It clone project.

To speed things up, you can spin off a thread for each search engine so that you can query them in parallel.


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