11 "bugs" found in 15 minutes

Jelle Hermsen jelle at fsfe.org
Fri Jul 15 14:50:54 CEST 2011

Thanks Matthias!

Yep, that script would definitely do the job. 1 problem is that it uses 
the Google search API, and that bugger has a bit of nasty EULA, which 
only allows you to do 100 or so automated queries per day. That's not 
really a big problem in this case, but since we'll also need to find the 
information so we can contact the specific local government in question 
there's already a bit of manual labor involved. Adding a manual search 
using "site:" doesn't make the manual part that much bigger.

I do however see that this might be perceived as a "brain-dead" job. 
Doesn't really worry me much. I have worked as a code-monkey for 2 years 
at a firm, banging out Typo3 and Joomla sites round the clock, so 
"brain-dead" doesn't really bother me much :-) But anyone who wants to 
chip in with half a brain can use this script. I tried it and it works 
pretty well. It gives an error when it doesn't find anything, but I 
guess the programmer was in a bit of an pessimistic mood when he made it ;)

It needs the simplejson module. To install this on Debian Squeeze you 
can use:

sudo aptitude install python-simplejson

You can run it using (I know Almere's website has adobe reader 
advertisments on it):
python find-acrobat-commercial.py almere.nl


On 07/15/2011 02:20 PM, Matthias Kirschner wrote:
> * Jelle Hermsen<jelle at fsfe.org>  [2011-07-13 13:28:26 +0200]:
>> Scratch my idea to create a MAS, or webcrawler to automate the
>> search. Searching manually is faster.
> I don't know if the attached script might help with that. Would be
> interested in your view.
> Regards,
> Matthias

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