471,616 Members | 1,388 Online
Bytes | Software Development & Data Engineering Community
Post +

Home Posts Topics Members FAQ

Join Bytes to post your question to a community of 471,616 software developers and data experts.

pyGoogle is fun and easy to use, and thinks Python is the best programming language

I am having a lot of fun using the pyGoogle module (
http://pygoogle.sourceforge.net/ ) that uses the Google API. It is
about as easy to use as I can imagine, and it is a lot nicer than using
my old HTMl screen scraping habits.
My online CGI program Ask Merlin at www.awaretek.com/askmerlin.html is
an example. Currently, the program takes any user's question and picks
the best answer from amongst the possible answers given by the user.
The program uses an algorithm that uses an intelligent analysis of
search results from Google. OK, OK, I know already, that this is of
limited utility compared to answering any question without requiring
the user to give options to choose from; and, furthermore i know full
well that at this point Merlin is far from foolproof even when given
options to choose amongst. Still, if you play with it for a while you
will be amazed at how well it does do.
Moreover, I am hard at work on a version that will answer any question
without being given options, by choosing options from Google search
results that are most appropriate and then applying my "intelligent"
But hey, even as it stands, when queried "which is the best programming
language to use for ease of use," Merlin picks Python from amongst a
list of python, ruby, ADA and java. When queried "which language is the
best programming language to use for a large project requiring realtime
operation and involving life and death issues of human life", Merlin
picks ada out of the same list. And, when just plain asked "what is the
best programming language" Merlin wisely picks Python from the list.
And I assure you that none of this is "hard coded" but instead just
uses the regular algorithm applied to any other question ;-))))
OK, it's just a fun little hack by a very amateurish hacker; but that's
sort of the point. Just think what a good programmer could do with
pyGoogle ;-))))

Jul 18 '05 #1
1 2077
Regrettably, inserting "Visual Basic" into the list produces a
different winner. I think you want some very subtle hard coding which
limits it to on-space-delimited languages :-(

- Andy

Jul 18 '05 #2

This discussion thread is closed

Replies have been disabled for this discussion.

Similar topics

220 posts views Thread by Brandon J. Van Every | last post: by
699 posts views Thread by mike420 | last post: by
42 posts views Thread by Bicho Verde | last post: by
9 posts views Thread by Hans-Joachim Widmaier | last post: by
3 posts views Thread by beliavsky | last post: by
99 posts views Thread by Shi Mu | last post: by
14 posts views Thread by ccdetail | last post: by
19 posts views Thread by Sam | last post: by
1 post views Thread by XIAOLAOHU | last post: by
reply views Thread by leo001 | last post: by

By using Bytes.com and it's services, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

To disable or enable advertisements and analytics tracking please visit the manage ads & tracking page.