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Re: Re: Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book

by ysth (Canon)
on Nov 17, 2003 at 10:15 UTC ( #307615=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
in thread [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book

Seemed like a reasonable meditation to me. I was able to figure out pretty easily that you were talking about an O'Reilly book named "Spidering Hacks".

Have you tried emailing O'Reilly? Perhaps they would be happy to email you the code. (Side note: if I check the book out of a library, am I a customer?)

If you stare at that battered scraper for long enough, I bet you could see an animal in it.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by Wassercrats on Nov 17, 2003 at 11:34 UTC
    Yeah, I might email O'Reilly about that. I think I'll mention the one especially long script that I'd like and just suggest a few ways they could provide the code to customers without making them type it in. Maybe they'll decide to email me at least that one script. I don't think O'Reilly should give library customers the code unless a CD comes with the book.

    You're right about staring at the scraper. It looks like a fish.

    Ahh.... I see Where do I post X now! I thought I'd seen it before. Those section descriptions should be under the section names when you go to the section. (Yes, I know that goes in PerlMonks Discussion.)

      If you do e-mail O'Reilly, odds are good you'll talk to someone whose job it is to respond to customers during work hours, not an editor who happened to run across this meditation after work!

      The Hacks series is a completely different product line from the Animal books, as are the Head First and Missing Manual series. Besides that, the first version of Unix Power Tools (the spiritual successor to Linux Server Hacks) had a power drill.

      I will bring up the point of downloadable code, though.

        Oh... I guess I should refine my bitching, considering an O'Reilly editor is reading this! The first thing that crosses my mind on how to provide downloadable code is to attach a shrink wrapped card containing a unique code to the inside back cover of the book. When the code is typed in at O'Reilly's website, the scripts that aren't already available in the sample sections could be downloaded, all at once. The code will then become invalid.

        But even if I was only able to get the code by mailing O'Reilly proof of purchase and a dollar or two, I would.

      Yeah, I might email O'Reilly about that.
      Well, did you? How did they respond?


        Nope, I never asked them for the code. I was hoping chromatic would be able to get the code published on O'Reilly's website, but I haven't checked for a while. I haven't even opened the book since I started this thread.

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