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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Final Thoughts

As demonstrated, a wide variety of parsing tasks can be performed with the standardized parsing routines in LIB_parse, along with a few of PHP's built-in functions. Here are a few more suggestions that may help you in your parsing projects.

Note

You'll get plenty of parsing experience as you explore the projects in this book. The projects also introduce a few advanced parsing techniques. In Chapter 7, we'll cover advanced methods for parsing data in tables. In Chapter 11, you'll learn about the insertion parse, which makes it easier to parse and debug difficult-to-parse web pages.

Don't Trust a Poorly Coded Web Page

While the scripts in LIB_parse attempt to handle most situations, there is no guarantee that you will be able to parse ...

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