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  • by hide (4398) on 2004.02.05 19:49 (#28121) Homepage Journal
    I began using LWP to try and create a spider to traverse a number of our webpages. When I started to collect all the data I was going to need to fill out forms, and parsing to follow links, I started to feel intimidated. I then remembered seeing WWW::Mechanize on CPAN. I quickly installed it. Within 30 minutes I was 4 pages into a complex website. Another 15 and I had completed an entire transaction.

    In less than 100 lines of code I have a working spider that reads directions from an XML file. I immediately began talking about it to everyone who would listen. It's now made it's way into a couple other projects.

    Great work, and thank you.