[Chicago-talk] How would you do this?

Lee Aylward laylward at stoneward.com
Mon Nov 12 10:39:19 PST 2007

If you wanted to stick to perl, you may be able to pull this off with
Mozilla::Mechanize. I have never used it, but from the description it sounds
like it will run any javascript.



On Nov 12, 2007 11:55 AM, David Young <davidy at nationalcycle.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm on another mailing list of colleagues, and this question came up.
>  What
> would you all recommend?
> Ydy
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> Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:32 AM
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> Subject: How would you do this?
> More and more, I'm finding the need to do some page-scraping of web pages
> that are Web 2.0-ey.
> My normal scraping tool is perl's WWW::Mechanize and such.  But it is
> completely javascript brain-dead.
> For example...I'd like to write something that goes to YouTube, looks up
> a set of videos, analyzes the comments and ratings, and presents a
> summary report.  That's just an example of something that is conceptually
> simple (easily done manually) but can't be done with WWW::Mechanize.
> So if you wanted to do something like that, what would you use?
> I'm not adverse to using something other than perl...something
> Windows-based
> would be my last resort.  I'd consider a commercial product, though
> preferably not a multi-hundred-dollar one...
> Obviously, something that submits as well as scrapes would be ideal.
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