Martin 'Kingpin' Thurn > WWW-Amazon-Wishlist-2.011 > WWW::Amazon::Wishlist

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NAME ^

WWW::Amazon::Wishlist - grab all the details from your Amazon wishlist

SYNOPSIS ^

  use WWW::Amazon::Wishlist qw(get_list COM UK);

  my @wishlist;

  @wishlist = get_list($my_amazon_com_id);       # gets it from amazon.com
  @wishlist = get_list($my_amazon_com_id,  COM); # same, explicitly
  @wishlist = get_list($my_amazon_couk_id, UK);  # gets it from amazon.co.uk

  # Or, if you didn't import the COM and UK constants:
  @wishlist = get_list ($my_amazon_couk_id, WWW::Amazon::Wishlist::UK);

  # The elements of @wishlist are hashrefs that contain the following elements:
  foreach my $book (@wishlist)
    {
    print $book->{title}, # the, err, title
    $book->{author},      # and the author(s) 
    $book->{asin},        # the asin number, its unique id on Amazon
    $book->{price},       # how much it will set you back
    $book->{quantity},    # how many you said you want
    $book->{priority},    # how urgently you said you want it (1-5)
    $book->{type};        # Hardcover/Paperback/CD/DVD etc (not available in the US)
    } # foreach

DESCRIPTION ^

Goes to amazon.(com|co.uk), scrapes your wishlist, and returns it in a array of hashrefs so that you can fiddle with it to your heart's content.

GETTING YOUR AMAZON ID ^

The best way to do this is to search for your own wishlist in the search tools.

Searching for mine (simon@twoshortplanks.com) on amazon.com takes me to the URL something like

   http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/wishlist/2EAJG83WS7YZM/...

there's some more cruft after that last string of numbers and letters but it's the

   2EAJG83WS7YZM

bit that's important.

Doing the same for amazon.co.uk is just as easy.

Apparently, some people have had problems getting to their wishlist right after it gets set up. You may have to wait a while for it to become browseable.

SHOWING YOUR APPRECIATION ^

There was a thread on london.pm mailing list about working in a vacuum - that it was a bit depressing to keep writing modules but never get any feedback. So, if you use and like this module then please send me an email and make my day.

All it takes is a few little bytes.

BUGS ^

IMPORTANT

WWW::Amazon::Wishlist is a screen scraper and is there for is vulnerable to any changes that Amazon make to their HTML.

If it starts returning no items then this is very likely the reason and I will get roudn to fixing it as soon as possible.

You might want to look at the Net::Amazon module instead.

It doesn't cope with anything apart from the UK and USA versions of Amazon.

I don't think it likes unavailable items - trying to work around this breaks UK compatability.

The code has accumulated lots of cruft.

Lack of testing. It works for the pages I've tried it for but that's no guarantee.

LICENSE ^

Copyright (c) 2003 Simon Wistow

Distributed under the same terms as Perl itself.

This software is under no warranty and will probably destroy your wish list, kill your friends, burn your house and bring about the apocalypse

AUTHOR ^

Simon Wistow <simon@thegestalt.org>

SEE ALSO ^

perl, LWP::UserAgent, amazonwish

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