Ask.com

By Kiddo96 on Nov 02, 2011

Well this is a snippet I found that I've done before... It's still in beta stage and any opinion or (constructive) criticism is of course welcome. The usage is /ask Question here. Also, /askd will open a dialog which is pretty self-explanatory. Rightclicking in an active window will open it too. Example /ask Who created The Simpsons?> The Simpsons was created by Matt Groening. And also, I should probably mention, neither the $urlencode or $chr_r aliases were made by me.

Small update: Added an output if no result was found. Thank you Dean.

Update December 15th: Added a dialog (My first ever made!) with the command /askd to open it ut. Right clicking in an active window and pressing "Ask" will open it too.

alias askd { 
  if !$dialog(ask) {
    dialog -mt ask ask
  }
  else {
    echo -a Dialog already active!
  }
}
dialog ask {
  title "Ask.com"
  size -1 -1 400 180
  text "Ask something:", 1, 5 5 500 500
  edit "", 2, 5 20 250 20, autohs 
  button "Ask!", 3, 260 15 30 30
  box "Answer", 4, 5 40 370 130
  edit "", 5, 10 60 350 100, read multi vsbar 
}
on *:dialog:ask:sclick:3:{
  if $did(2).text {
    ask $v1
  }
  else {
    noop $input(You must specify a question in the editbox!,o,!!!)
  }
}
alias ask {
  if $1 {
    if $sock(ask) {
      sockclose $v1
    }
    sockopen ask www.ask.com 80
    sockmark ask $1-
  }
  else {
    echo -a 04Error! Incorrect syntax.
  }
}
on *:sockopen:ask:{
  var %x = sockwrite -nt $sockname 
  %x GET /web?qsrc=1&o=0&l=dir&q= $+ $urlencode($sock($sockname).mark) HTTP/1.1
  %x Host: www.ask.com
  %x Connection: close
  %x
}
on *:sockread:ask:{
  var %askreader
  sockread %askreader
  if $regex(%askreader,/<div\s(?:id="r\d+_a"|class="txt3 abstract")\s(?:class="txt3 abstract"|id="r\d+_a")>(.+)(?:<\/div>|<\/span>)|<span class="answers_ui_t\d+">(.+)<\/span>/U) {
    $iif($dialog(ask),did -ri ask 5 1,echo -a 03 $+ ) $iif($dialog(ask),$strip($char_r($replace($regml(1),<b>,,</b>,,&quot;,"))),$char_r($replace($regml(1),<b>,,</b>,,&quot;,")))
    sockclose $sockname
  }  
  if (*did not match* iswm %askreader) { 
    $iif($dialog(ask),did -ri ask 5 1,echo -a 04 $+ ) No result for your query $qt($sock($sockname).mark) was found. 
    sockclose $sockname 
  }
}
alias urlencode return $regsubex($1,/(\W)/gS,% $+ $base($asc(\1),10,16,2)))
alias char_r return $regsubex($1-,/&#(\d+);/g,$chr(\1))
menu * {
  Ask:askd
}

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Kiddo96   -  Dec 15, 2011

Updated the script with a dialog! First dialog I've ever made, I'd be thankful for comments :-)

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Wims   -  Nov 08, 2011

he already did (although '\v' shouldn't be included there)Indeed! I quickly pasted something from wikipedia, but it was about POSIX character class, my bad, here is a quote from pcre.txt: For compatibility with Perl, \s does not match the VT character (code 11). This makes it different from the the POSIX "space" class. The \s characters are HT (9), LF (10), FF (12), CR (13), and space (32). If "use locale;" is included in a Perl script, \s may match the VT charac- ter. In PCRE, it never does.

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Jethro   -  Nov 08, 2011

I'm under jaytea's influence right about now. He's intoxicating and sort of elating my sense of understanding.

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jaytea   -  Nov 07, 2011

why not share your know-how in \s so everybody can learn from what you've learned?

he already did (although '\v' shouldn't be included there):

\s match a white space, same as [:space:] or [ \t\r\n\v\f] not just a $chr(32)

from there, you should be expected to realize that an IRC message may include \t and \f, therefore using \s in place of a regular space, when you mean to match a space and only a space, is incorrect.

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Jethro   -  Nov 07, 2011

Sarcasm aside, Wims, why not share your know-how in \s so everybody can learn from what you've learned? I've been a veteran in so many flaming posts to know better, and those were a waste of time really thinking back. Make you post worth your while and be remembered by.

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Wims   -  Nov 07, 2011

Sure, but the question wasn't specific to that regex Dean. Jethro: it was sarcastic, and the truth, i've read enough posts to know that Note that you answered my post by saying the same mistake again "use \s to indicate a space", again if people want a space, they should use a space, there's no "I like to", everyone likes to use the proper code they need lol

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_Dean_   -  Nov 07, 2011

in fact wims, the \s in that regex match, really means the space character, since on that match, it will only match a space... in fact, \s will match for a white character, but in that case there are no \t \n \v or \f

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Jethro   -  Nov 07, 2011

Wims, why wrote this:> you guys are too busy to show to hawkee's users who knows more than the other :)This sounds sarcastic. We're here to help as much as we can, not to show arrogant attitude toward one another. While some info may be misleading based on our learning, you're always welcome to come forward and correct it with a humble courtesy.

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Wims   -  Nov 07, 2011

?? I don't feel uncomfortable with anything here and i use a space to indicate a space, \s isn't a space. Someone asked what was \s in regex, someone else said it was the space character, this is simply not true and i'm correcting what the person said before anyone start believing it, you know, you guys are too busy to show to hawkee's users who knows more than the other :)

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Kiddo96   -  Nov 06, 2011

Didn't have the opportunity to log in yesterday. Dean, updated with replace on "

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Jethro   -  Nov 05, 2011

Yes Wims, I like to leave an empty space as is, but for those of you who feel uncomfortable doing so, use \s to indicate a space. No harm, no foul.

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Wims   -  Nov 04, 2011

\s match a white space, same as [:space:] or [ \t\r\n\v\f] not just a $chr(32)

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Jethro   -  Nov 04, 2011

You can use the look-behind or look-ahead assertions to demand a targeted match to be met (you may want to read up on those assertions to gain understanding of how they work) , while the

(?U)

,

(.+?)

and

/U

are telling regex to match as few strings as possible, being less greedy. Regex by design is greedy and case-sensitive.

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_Dean_   -  Nov 04, 2011

sorry so, but i think we can improve regex a little bit more, and not use the (.*?) or /U i just didnt go ahead with the code

by the way Kiddo96, you forgot to replace " to "

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Jethro   -  Nov 04, 2011

Before you called me a name, I was speaking in general, pointing out the sameness between (.*?) and /U.

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_Dean_   -  Nov 04, 2011

in fact not Mr. idiot he used the (.?) so i didnt change his code, and i kept it in the same as he wants so instead use 2 (.?) i just used /U for all them

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Jethro   -  Nov 04, 2011

Kidd96, you can leave an actual space rather than use \s. What you have done for (.*?) is the same as using /U. Mr. Dean is just giving you an "interchangeable" alternative is all.

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_Dean_   -  Nov 04, 2011

its the space character

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_Dean_   -  Nov 04, 2011

its the character space

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Kiddo96   -  Nov 04, 2011

I think I'm following you, just wondering what \s means?

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_Dean_   -  Nov 04, 2011

i just mixed both regex match, and i used ?: wich will not save the reference to the $regml so in this case, it will have only $regml(1) and not $regml(2) and $regml(3) as in your case since you have used (.*?) so i used the /U modifier, which will make all the references not greedy

if you have any doubt ask me

$regex(%askreader,/<div\s(?:id="r\d+_a"|class="txt3 abstract")\s(?:class="txt3 abstract"|id="r\d+_a")>(.+)(?:<\/div>|<\/span>)|<span class="answers_ui_t\d+">(.+)<\/span>/U) {
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Kiddo96   -  Nov 04, 2011

Alright Dean I must say I like yours really much :) If you'd have time, could you please explain the regex pattern for me?. I'm still new to this and any kind of help is highly appreciated. Also added the "No result found" part to my script. Thank you for spotting that.

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Kiddo96   -  Nov 03, 2011

Interesting Dean. I'll have a look at your code tomorrow, right now my eyeballs are about to pop out lol. :)

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_Dean_   -  Nov 03, 2011

since you have asked it Kiddo96, i think you can use one regex match instead 2

this is a simple example, and i added the $replace for " to " and a check to check if the results match

alias ask {
  if $1 {
    if $sock(ask) {
      sockclose $v1
    }
    sockopen ask www.ask.com 80
    sockmark ask $1-
  }
  else {
    echo -a 04Error! Incorrect syntax.
  }
}
on *:sockopen:ask:{
  var %x = sockwrite -nt $sockname 
  %x GET /web?qsrc=1&o=0&l=dir&q= $+ $urlencode($sock($sockname).mark) HTTP/1.1
  %x Host: www.ask.com
  %x Connection: close
  %x
}
on *:sockread:ask:{
  var %askreader
  sockread %askreader
  if $regex(%askreader,/<div\s(?:id="r\d+_a"|class="txt3 abstract")\s(?:class="txt3 abstract"|id="r\d+_a")>(.+)(?:<\/div>|<\/span>)|<span class="answers_ui_t\d+">(.+)<\/span>/U) {
    echo -a 09 $+ $char_r($replace($regml(1),<b>,,</b>,,&quot;,"))
    sockclose $sockname
  }  
  if (*did not match* iswm %askreader) { echo -ag 09 Your search for $qt($sock($sockname).mark) did not match with any Web results. | sockclose $sockname 
  }
}
alias urlencode return $regsubex($1,/(\W)/gS,% $+ $base($asc(\1),10,16,2)))
alias char_r return $regsubex($1-,/&#(\d+);/g,$chr(\1))

i didnt tried another thing, but i think we can improve a lot if i think in something i will post it

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Kiddo96   -  Nov 03, 2011

I'm glad to hear that, Jethro :)

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Jethro   -  Nov 03, 2011

The regex you've been given to is as good as it gets. No improvement needed.

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Kiddo96   -  Nov 03, 2011

I'd like to ask, could the regex pattern be improved anyhow?

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PuNkTuReD   -  Nov 02, 2011

how could you not?

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Frenetic   -  Nov 02, 2011

I didn't realize hawkee was a drama show.

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PuNkTuReD   -  Nov 02, 2011

now, i by no means enjoy deans posts... but his post, while sounding serious, does have its humour...

  • who is the most spammer in the world and
  • who is the president of the idiots academy and it didnt return Jethro

he sounds shocked doesnt he... lmao...

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