I'm starting to do 'Introduction to CS' from Udacity (http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/cs101/CourseRev/apr2012). I'm planning to make a Hacker news search app through the course. What do you think, is that a good idea, or not? I know there is something similar; this is my plan: the search will be executed in the domains, referred by the hacker news stories. Thank you
The tricky thing when doing this is knowing what rate to stop at without getting permanently banned. I built an Android Market crawler two summers ago, and luckily Google only temp bans (from my experience), so that might be an easier project without any risk.