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A PERL take on Google Suggest Data

Discussion in 'Perl' started by naveen, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. naveen

    naveen New Member

    Well this has been out for quite sometime now, so i thought to share with all out here. Heres a PERL script demonstrating how to retrieve the data from the Google Suggest Drop Down Autocomplete and use it as you please! This was developed by John Bokma , but worked in command line only. So i have tweaked it a bit for browser interface and also kept the sorted output instead of both sorted and unsorted ones as in the original script. After placing the script in your cgi-bin, just call the script in your browser after adding a "?" followed by whatever you want to search.

    use strict;
    use warnings;
    use URI::Escape;
    use LWP::UserAgent;
    print "Content-type: text/html\n\n";
    unless ( @ARGV ) {
        print "<center><b>Usage:</b> In the browser, type the gsuggest.pl URL followed by   <b><i>?whatever_you_want_to_search</i></b>\n";
        exit( 1 );
    my $url = 'http://www.google.com/complete/search?js=true&qu=' .
        uri_escape( join ' ' => @ARGV );
    my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new( agent => 'Mozilla/5.0' );
    my $response = $ua->get( $url );
    $response->is_success or
        die "$url: ", $response->status_line;
    my $content = $response->content;
    my ( $element, $array1, $array2 ) = $content =~
    unless ( defined $array1 ) {
        print "No results\n";
    my @suggestions = split /", "/, $array1;
    $array2 =~ s/ results?//g;
    $array2 =~ s/&nbsp;//g;
    my @results = split /", "/, $array2, -1;
    my @pairs = map { [ sprintf ( "%12s", shift @results ) => $_ ] } @suggestions;
    print "<center><b>Sorted Results of the query <u><i>@ARGV</u></i> from <a href='http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en'>Google Suggest</a>:</b><br><br>";
    print "@$_<br>" for sort { $b->[0] cmp $a->[0] } @pairs;
    print "<br><br><i><b>(Replace '@ARGV' in the browser with the string you want results of)</i></b><br><br><br><br>&copy; Joh&#110&nbspBokm&#97<br><b>Modifie&#100&nbsp;By</b>&nbspNaveen&nbsp;Gupt&#97";

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