I got my courage up Saturday and ordered the books from O’Reilly. This press has long been highly regarded by technologists, whether they are programmers, IT professionals, or just geeks. Go ahead – ask a geek if he/she has a camel book, and chances are they’ll know what you’re talking about (and it will be within reach). Don’t tell them what it is if they don’t know.
I’m posting this to chronicle my efforts to build a web crawler and eventually a search engine. I expect to make further posts about how this project develops, and perhaps what I’ve found in these books that helped.
I have ordered three books. I went there for one, but there’s always a deal to get three for the price of two, plus free shipping. And I can always find another book to get. So:
Perl & LWP. This one I’ve borrowed before, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities of automated web surfing using Perl. I built a small script one time that looked up my SMTP server’s IP at spamcop, then e-mailed me if my mail server was ever blacklisted. It was fun and quite easy, but since I can’t find that script right now I’ll have to post it later.
Spidering Hacks. I ordered this one for obvious reasons. This book’s excerpts is where I found that little bit on needing my spider registered. I expect to learn a lot and become very frustrated with what I find here.
Perl Cookbook. This was the third choice because I needed three. Also because it’s $50 and I could use the discount. There apparently is a series of “cookbooks” that have really cool stuff (recipes) in them. There is also the PHP Cookbook, the C# 3.0 Cookbook, and more. I expect to find shortcuts and things I’d never thought of in this book.
Looks like I’m gaining on this reading list after all. I haven’t found much to do otherwise, so I bet I’ll continue and at least get through a few more.
The Rainmaker is a wonderfully-told tale of a young law student, written in the first person and in present tense throughout. Quite an amazing feat, I might add. It’s a 600-page paperback; I doubt I could write its equivalent.
This kid, Rudy Baylor, takes us through his last semester of law school, passing the bar, suing an insurance company and winning a $50,200,000 verdict for his client. At the end, he gets the girl he wanted and ends up killing her husband. Sound interesting? It’s all there.
On to The God Delusion…
An absolutely great story. I read 56 pages last Thursday, and the rest of the story straight through Saturday morning. It is a very good insight into Hannibal Lecter and how he comes to his decisions to kill. He is certifiably, however, screwed up in the head.
On to The Rainmaker…
The Chamber was pretty good, I must admit. It was a long story, but it has to be because of how it ends. The story is about the kid’s drama and everyone surrounding him. Grisham can be a good plot-twister at times, but this one was simply straightforward, but not expectedly. It wasn’t a page-burner, either. It took me two months to get through it because it didn’t hold me like the rest.
My Summer 2007 Reading List is complete. I am excitedly looking forward to summer since I’m taking the season off from school, and want to get some reading done. For three months, this is not entirely impossible to complete:
“The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins
“The Ancestor’s Tale” by Richard Dawkins
At least one Ann Coulter book
One book written by a former president
A book shared with Beth (probably from the banned books list)
“Hannibal Rising” by Thomas Harris,
And all my unread Grisham Novels, including:
- The Chamber
- The Summons
- The Last Juror
- The Rainmaker
- The Pelican Brief
- The Innocent Man
If I don’t get tied up in anything else, I may finish this list. It’s not a dull one at all.