This page describes some of the work I did in the early days of the World Wide Web (1993-1995). In many of these cases the emphasis was on providing services to make existing data collections available to web users.
The Robots Exclusion Protocol
The LWP libwww-perl library
Back in 1994/1995 I restructured Roy Fielding's libwww-perl as a Perl 5 object-oriented library, collaborated on it with Gisle Aas (see history), before he took over ongoing development and maintenance. The library is still around (and popular) and there is a book.
I contributed in the HTTP 1.1 specification development, and am quite chuffed to see my name in RFC2616. But I can't actually recall what I did to warrant that, I don't think it was anything major.
ALIWEB was a search engine based on automated meta-data collection, for the Web.
Note that I have nothing to do with aliweb.com. It appears some marketing company has taken the old aliweb code and data, and are using it as a site for advertising purposes. Their search results are worthless. They claim to have trademarked "aliweb", but I have been unable to confirm in patent searches. My recommendation is that you avoid them.
Probably the most popular of the services listed here, ArchiePlex was Web interface to Archie, a search engine for FTP sites that pre-dates the Web.
This service was implemented as a script that used an existing command-line client to query external databases. Several sites around the globe offered this service to their users.
CUSI was a simple tool that allowed you to search different search engines in quick succession, without having to re-type your keywords.
Since it was based on a simple script that redirected the browser to the search engine, this service was made available on a number of different web sites.
The Macintosh Catalog
The Macintosh Catalog was a Web search interface to the University of Michigan Macintosh public domain archive.
The RFC and Internet Drafts search engines
The RFC and Internet Drafts search engines provided a searchable Web interface to the IETF's RFC and Internet Drafts databases.
The Perl FAQ
This service was based on a script that processed the Perl FAQ (as plain text) from comp.lang.perl.misc, and transformed it into a collection of linked HTML pages.