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[OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book

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Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by hossman (Prior) on Nov 17, 2003 at 08:35 UTC
    1. a link to the book you are bitching about would have saved a lot of people a lot of confusion.
    2. Believe it or not, but I assume the majority of us don't own the book, nor are many of us either of the two people who wrote it, so not only can't we answer any of your questions with any certainty, we also can't magically guess what the URL listed in the back of the book is to look at it and possibly help you find the other examples you are looking for.
    3. After looking at some of the online "Sample Hacks" from the book, it appears that it is primarily a recipe book of re-usable code snippets, with very little text. As such, it doesn't seem like it would be prudent on their part to make all of the code examples from the book available online at a publicly accessible URL. (assuming they want to make some money).
    4. It doesn't have an animal on the cover because it is a "Hacks" book. All of the "Hacks" books have tools on the cover (which i just learned 28 seconds ago, by going to the book page to get info on it and clicking on the http://hacks.oreilly.com/ link).
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Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by Zaxo (Archbishop) on Nov 17, 2003 at 05:47 UTC

    What book are you talking about? Title, author(s), publisher, and isbn number would be good to know. A link to the publisher's webspace for the book would be even better.

    After Compline,
    Zaxo

Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 17, 2003 at 05:52 UTC

    And your Perl meditation is? Most books that come out within a few months of the new year are published as copyright for the new year. As for the example files, that seems a issue to raise in a review not a meditation. Lastly, many O'Reilly books do not have animals on the cover, what's your point?

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Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by WhiteBird (Hermit) on Nov 18, 2003 at 00:47 UTC
    This is a throw-back to the 1980's, when I had to type in programs from computer magazines and books.

    I remember those days. It can certainly be painful to have to type in a program or example before you can try it out. The only advantage I've ever found to the process is that by the time I'm done typing the program, I really have a better understanding of what the script is supposed to do. I'm a slow learner and the typing process somehow makes a connection between my fingers and my brain and I understand things better than when I just cut and paste. If I find I'm typing something that I don't understand, then I can go and look it up.

    Now if I could just get a handle on those annoying typos....

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Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 20, 2003 at 13:02 UTC
    You actually use the code from the book verbatim? I have a drawer full of those stupid CDs, and have never fed most of them to my computer, ever. It's just a marketing gimmick.
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