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Old 09-30-2008, 03:47 PM
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:26 AM
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I put this on Mud earlier in the week and this seems like a good place to put it here.

When I was hunting for my recent purchase ('95 80) I grew weary of searching Craigslist in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft Collins, and Boulder for 'Land Cruiser' and 'LandCruiser' so I wrote a little web app. I've used it as have my neighbors and friends for 6 months now so I think it is pretty robust.

1) If you go to States you'll see a list of states. Pick one. I'll pick Colorado.

2) You'll see a list of the cities that you can list on Craigslist for that state. Check the ones you want to search.

3) If defaults to 'Car' but if you want to search furniture or something, be my guest.

4) I added a limit so it doesn't spit back 100 of them at you every time if you're searching for months like I did. It defaults to 10.

5) There are two Search String fields. I would enter 'Land Cruiser' and 'Landcruiser' in these and hit enter.

The app then issues all these string/city pairs and renders them back on one page. I also change the font and tell you how many it really finds on the header line.

Give it a try. BTW, I haven't tested many (maybe two) of the other fields of merchandise so if they don't work, lemme now in a pm and I'll fix it. Although is wearing out the 'furniture' and 'jewelery' categories. If there is a city that Craigs has added, I'll add it to the list too.

I'll leave it up as long as nobody gets annoyed that I'm making Craigs easier to use. I'll attach a screenshot of a local search and another of results with the default of 10.

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Old 10-01-2008, 11:39 AM
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That's nice pmccumber. The only thing i don't like about it is that you have to choose the sale category. You should have it default to "for sale" and then be able to choose the sub category if you want. Often times people don't put their stuff in the right category or the searcher doesn't know what category their item they want to find might be in. Otherwise that's a helpful search.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:02 PM
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:24 PM
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I'll leave it up as long as nobody gets annoyed that I'm making Craigs easier to use. I'll attach a screenshot of a local search and another of results with the default of 10.

Paul
Paul, that's pretty slick. What did you write it in?
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:29 PM
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That's nice pmccumber. The only thing i don't like about it is that you have to choose the sale category. You should have it default to "for sale" and then be able to choose the sub category if you want.
Or at the very least, make sure that I can search the whole category; Right now you have to pick a sub-category. I am going to put in something that will allow the list of cities to be expanded (like to AZ, WY, NE, etc) and to remember the last time you used it and start there. Still, it helped me immensely when I shopped for 6+ months.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:32 PM
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Paul, that's pretty slick. What did you write it in?
I have a Linux Apache web server and wrote it in Perl. I wrote little bots that went out and scoured the craigs source pages for the merchandise and city codes and put them in a mysql database.

Just this last week I got a static ip and set up my router to forward to that web server so I could make it public.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:13 PM
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trade your landcruiser for land near cripple creek

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Old 10-04-2008, 05:33 PM
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Paul,

This is a great utility! Thanks for posting this up. Good show.

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