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- Subject: Re: crawling the web
- From: Norman Ramsey <nr@...>
- Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 18:51:42 -0400
> On 6/11/08, Matthew M. Burke <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Norman Ramsey wrote:
> > > P.S. If I sound cranky, it's because I've spent 2 years working on
> > > APIs for email management and spam filtering, and they are still too
> > > complicated. I will give a talk at the Lua Workshop in July.
> > >
> > Not to steal any thunder from your talk, but "too complicated" because of
> > Lua or because it's just a tough problem to come up with a good API?
> The latter, I would presume. Dealing with email programmatically is
> one of these horrible problems that looks easy before you start. Just
> the interface that allows navigating the parts of a MIME email can end
> up remarkable ugly in no time at all (I've rewritten my take on this
> three times already, and it's still crap).
Indeed. After two years I would say we are one small step above crap :-)