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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Chapter 5. AUTOMATING FORM SUBMISSION

You learned how to download files from the Internet in Chapter 3. In this chapter, you'll learn how to fill out forms and upload information to websites. When your webbots have the ability to exchange information with target websites, as opposed to just asking for information, they become capable of acting on your behalf. Interactive webbots can do these kinds of things:

  • Transfer funds between your online bank accounts when an account balance drops below a predetermined limit

  • Buy items in online auctions when an item and its price meet preset criteria

  • Autonomously upload files to a photo sharing website

  • Advise a distributor to refill a vending machine when product inventory is low

Webbots send data to webservers ...

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