QueryHunt my little experiment
For over a month I have been working on a little project called QueryHunt.
it is a questions and answers search engine powered by yahoo BOSS.
Why did I decide to use Perl for this project?
When I started working on this project I had just started to learn Perl, I was planning to write the site in PHP.
Perl had a lot of promising features that would make the development process easier in the long run
some of this features are
- Easy XML parsing
- Regex support (Vital to discard results that were neither a question or an answer.)
- DBI (in case I decided to give PostgreSQL a try compatibility issues wouldn't be an obstacle)
so for obvious reasons I ended up using Perl, The site has now been running for about 2 months and I'm more than happy with it.
I'm not on vacations anymore so I don't get to work on it so much but I have a lot of ideas and I have started to work on a home-made crawler that I will be more than happy to share with Perl programmers.
I will keep updating this post to write about obstacles I face and other things that might help programmers that are working on similar projects.