[sf-perl] website searching/filtering script

Walt Sanders wsanders at cruzio.com
Wed Sep 12 15:12:49 PDT 2007

Sounds like potential spam mining to me.  Walt.

Dan Lyke wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 17:52:45 -0700
> "Henry Alexander Lee" <hlee at paybl.com> wrote:
>> My name is Henry Lee and I'm a student at Stanford. I'm trying to
>> gather a list of names for an event. I'm wondering if it is possible
>> to write a perl script that would repeatedly send requests to a site,
>> input keywords in its search form, gather the results, and output
>> them to a text/excel file.
> I'll be a little more charitable about your end goals than Randal, this
> sounds like a basic data mining problem and I can think of all sorts
> of times when extracting information from web sites is useful and
> reasonable. WWW::Mechanize is your friend.
> A note: Offering equity for problems this simple probably doesn't
> excite any competent coders about the potentials of your startup.
> Dan
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