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 WWW::Search::LookSmart - class for searching LookSmart


NAME

WWW::Search::LookSmart - class for searching LookSmart


SUPPORTED PLATFORMS

  • Windows
This module is not included with the standard ActivePerl distribution. It is available as a separate download using PPM.

SYNOPSIS

use WWW::Search; my $Search = new WWW::Search('LookSmart'); # cAsE matters my $Query = WWW::Search::escape_query(``Where is Jimbo''); $Search->native_query($Query); while (my $Result = $Search->next_result()) { print $Result->url, ``\n''; }


DESCRIPTION

This class is a LookSmart specialization of WWW::Search. It handles making and interpreting LookSmart searches http://looksmart.com.

LookSmart will first display it's own internal site results from it's many categories if found there, else it will return outside results from the web. Thus, depending on the query there will be slightly two different formats returned depending on whether or not LookSmart finds them in it's own internal categories. All in all, this is a nice search engine!

LookSmart only returns 10 hits per page and there is no search options.

This class exports no public interface; all interaction should be done through the WWW::Search manpage objects.


SEE ALSO

To make new back-ends, see the WWW::Search manpage.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

native_setup_search is called (from WWW::Search::setup_search) before we do anything. It initializes our private variables (which all begin with underscore) and sets up a URL to the first results page in {_next_url}.

native_retrieve_some is called (from WWW::Search::retrieve_some) whenever more hits are needed. It calls WWW::Search::http_request to fetch the page specified by {_next_url}. It then parses this page, appending any search hits it finds to {cache}. If it finds a ``next'' button in the text, it sets {_next_url} to point to the page for the next set of results, otherwise it sets it to undef to indicate we''re done.


TESTING

This module adheres to the WWW::Search test suite mechanism. See $TEST_CASES below.


AUTHOR This backend is maintained and supported by Jim Smyser. <jsmyser@bigfoot.com>

WWW::Search::NorthernLight was originally written by Andreas Borchert based on WWW::Search::Excite.


LEGALESE

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ``AS IS'' AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


VERSION HISTORY

2.01 New test mechanism

1.00 First release

 WWW::Search::LookSmart - class for searching LookSmart