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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers

A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL

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There's a wealth of data online, but sorting and gathering it by hand can be tedious and time consuming. Rather than click through page after endless page, why not let bots do the work for you? Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers will show you how to create simple programs with PHP/CURL to mine, parse, and archive online data to help you make informed decisions.

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On May 14 Edward Heze wrote:
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On May 7 Jeffery Rine wrote: Access the Internet with software
Webbots Spiders and Screen Scrapers teaches the reader how to create software scripts to access the Internet using automation Full Review  >

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On May 2 Tushar Jain wrote:
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On Apr 13 Thomas Maher wrote: Book Review: Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers, 2nd Ed
It is also clear that the author has used robots to make online purchases. One wonders whose credit card was on the hook for code quality. It is funny to think of UPS showing up with, oops, 1000 packages one Tuesday morning. The author’s real-world web crawling experience adds something hard to describe, something good. Full Review  >

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On Apr 13 Fabio Alessandro Locati wrote: Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk (O’Reilly Media)
I’ve been immediately caught from this book since I’m in a project that is based on a webbot, and I’m developing it using PHP and cURL. Since the first day I’ve started to use cURL (and a lot of other PHP classes) I wondered about the sense of all these complex and extravagant classes and functions. Full Review  >

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On Mar 28 Marc 137 wrote: Very Fun Book
Perfect your webbot army! Full Review  >

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