In summary: If you need help, I will help you directly. Skype: arachnodedotnet (chat) and TeamViewer.com (shared desktop)
Recently, I have received a few questions around, "Hey! arachnode.net seems like a great product but I'm having trouble getting started. There are quite a few configuration options and I am not sure where to begin. Will you help me?"
The short answer is: "Thank you. I am very proud of the work and appreciate your compliments. Yes, there are quite a few configuration options and AN does take a bit of reading and time to set up. Yes, I will help you."
Further: "The number of configuration options comes from the number of crawling scenarios as requested by you, the user and customer. Each option represents a real world requirement and/or challenge. I have done my best to provide defaults which represent the most commonly requested options. After over 1,000 customers there is rarely a crawling scenario which I have not encountered and should you require my assistance, or even an evaluation of your crawling configuration I will gladly review your setup and offer my input."
This post comes on the edge of updating the demo to include AN.Next which does not require MS-SQL Server to be installed and configured. Therefore, you may simply open the Visual Studio Solution, press F5 and you are off and crawling.
Setup is rather straightforward for this: http://arachnode.net/Content/InstallationInstructions.aspx (Full installation instructions and summary / AN.Next Section)
For arachnode.net there are still a few setup steps that need to be executed in order to crawl. For this there are a few answers:
1.) Take a moment to work through the full installation steps if the summary seems too daunting. The 'step-by-step' is a great way to learn about AN, and although it is extremely detailed it will answer most questions you will have.
2.) Run through the steps needed to create a Plugin. http://arachnode.net/Content/CreatingPlugins.aspx (Full installation instructions and summary)
3.) Read Console\Program.cs and Console.Next\Program.cs. My comments in these two files will answer most of what you may ask.
If you still require assistance, I will help you directly. Skype: arachnodedotnet (chat) and TeamViewer.com (shared desktop)
Mike Anderson, arachnode.net, llc
Wed, Feb 13 2013 10:19 AM