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Book:   Spidering Hacks
Subject:   Spidering Hacks Review
Date:   2004-02-10 23:59:23
From:   Doug Smith
Rating:  StarStarStarStarStar

I enjoy the hacks series a load! The toys you can use immediately are great fun. I immediately borrowed the idea from the "automatically find blogs of your interest" chapter, and modified it to find "friends of friends" for a blog-happy girlfriend.

What I liked most about the book, is that it really broadened my perl horizons. Especially the section "building a toolkit". A great start to using some perl modules that help you get the job done -fast-.

Being someone who has built a variety of spiders/scrapers, I appreciated the insight from the authors, and appreciate finding the info in a consise condensed reference... something unknown to builders (and would-be builders) of crawlers in the past.