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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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A Few Crazy Ideas to Get You Started

One of the goals of this book is to encourage you to write new and experimental webbots of your own design. A way to jumpstart this process is to brainstorm and generate some ideas for potential projects. I've taken this opportunity to list a few ideas to get you started. These ideas are not here necessarily because they have commercial value. Instead, they should act as inspiration for your own webbots and what you want to accomplish online.

When designing a webbot, remember that the more specifically you can define the task, the more useful your webbot will be. What can you do with a webbot? Let's look at a few scenarios.

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