Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments
NOTE: use Perl; is on undef hiatus. You can read content, but you can't post it. More info will be forthcoming forthcomingly.

All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

use Perl Log In

Log In

[ Create a new account ]

chaoticset (2105)

chaoticset
  (email not shown publicly)
http://chaoticset.perlmonk.org/
AOL IM: chaoticset23 (Add Buddy, Send Message)
Yahoo! ID: illuminatus_foil (Add User, Send Message)

JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [perlmonks.org], and here [javajunkies.org] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [blogspot.com] and my other blog [blogspot.com]. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Monday May 12, 2003
01:37 AM

Web Scrapings (Spider Poop?)

[ #12129 ]
Feh upon myself: In an attempt to demonstrate my Perl-fu (only to myself, mind you) I tried to write a simple screen scraper in just a few hours, as step one to something a bit more ambitious (something that would randomly rearrange panels of a webcomic I read and generate "new" comics from those panels).

Of course, I've only ever written one screen-scraper before, one for use.perl. (Actually, it took a URL and a template ID and returned all instances of that ID on that URL. Indicating no ID returned all instances. It wasn't efficient, although it was a good way to start with LWP::Simple, IMHO.)

Tomorrow I'll toss another hour at it somewhere. It's close to working -- most of what's working against me isn't ignorance so much as inconsistent coding on the part of the webcomic author. (Part of the strip's run, they're in a subdir for images, part of it they're just in the main directory; part of the strip's run, wonky formatting prevailed, etc.) It's stuff that I should learn to work around anyway, though. It mirrors real-world conditions to a greater degree than I'd want to think, probably. :(

The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
 Full
 Abbreviated
 Hidden
More | Login | Reply
Loading... please wait.