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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Testing Your Own Webbots and Snipers

The online store you used in Chapter 7 may also be used to test your trial procurement bots and snipers. You should feel free to make your mistakes here before you commit errors with a real procurement bot that discloses a competitive advantage or causes suspension of your privileges on an actual target website. Aspects of the test store that you may find particularly useful for testing your skills include the following:

  • The store requires that buyers register and authenticate themselves before making any purchase or bidding in any auction.

  • The prices in the store periodically change. Use this feature to design procurement bots that capitalize on unannounced price dips.

The address of the online test store is ...

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