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Sample biographical data spyder

WWW::Spyder is a generalized Perl module to create simple spiders or web robots. Here is its POD. Here is a discussion and another sample.

This is a simple minded (I mean simplistic!) code sample to show how to use a spyder to get biographical data.

Code
Usage
jinx[96]>spyder-mini-bio Jimmy Page
Output
Checking-->> http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Jimmy%20Page%22
Checking-->> http://www.led-zeppelin.com/jimmypage.html
Checking-->> http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Limo/9801...
Checking-->> http://www.jimmypageonline.com/
Checking-->>
   http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Arti...
Checking-->> http://www.j-onishi.com/
Checking-->> http://home.earthlink.net/~juliannwh/
Checking-->> http://www.auburn.edu/~speedhe/jimmy.html
Checking-->>
   http://images.google.com/images?q=%22Jimmy+Page%22&hl=en&...
Checking-->>
   http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/default.asp?oid=4503

Here's what I found about Jimmy Page:
 * Page became entranced with rock and roll, inspired by Elvis
   Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House".
 * Page expressed his excitement:  "I was lucky enough to play
   backing guitar (on "Diamonds"), the ex-Shadows Jet Harris & Tony
   Meehan.
 * Page became one of the hottest session guitarists in the U.K.,
   turning down an offer to join the Yardbirds after Clapton left.
 * Page was this soundtrack album in 1982.
 * Jimmy Page became rock's premiere guitarist, while he created the
   heavy metal genre of music in the band Led Zeppelin.
 * Page formed his dream band, Led Zeppelin, he had quite a bit to
   offer in the way of guitar expertise.
 * Jimmy Page was born on January 9, 1944 in Heston, England.
 * Page joined the Yardbirds, originally playing bass, then doubling
   on lead guitar with Jeff  Beck, and ending up as solo guitarist.
 * Page is a Crowley fanatic, it is not necessarily true that he is
   an atheist and it is rather unfair to say that his association
   with Crowley paraphernalia caused the deaths of Robert Plant's
   first son and John Bonham.
 * Page joined Plant in a band called the Honeydrippers.
 * Page teamed up with Bad Company's Paul Rodgers in The Firm.
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