Data acquisition techniques

In this section, we will illustrate how to acquire data from web pages. Web pages contain a potential bounty of useful information. We will demonstrate how to access web pages using several technologies, starting with a low-level approach supported by the HttpUrlConnection class. To find pages, a web crawler application is often used. Once a useful page has been identified, then information needs to be extracted from the page. This is often performed using an HTML parser. Extracting this information is important because it is often buried amid a clutter of HTML tags and JavaScript code.

Using the HttpUrlConnection class

The contents of a web page can be accessed using the HttpUrlConnection class. This is a low-level approach ...

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