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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Further Exploration

As a developer with the skills to write procurement bots, you should ask yourself what other types of purchasing agents you can write and what other parameters you can use to make purchasing decisions. Consider mapping out your particular ideas in a flowchart as I did in Figure 19-1 and Figure 19-2.

After you've honed your skills at the book's test store, consider the following ideas as starting points for developing your own procurement bots and snipers.

  • Develop a sniper that makes counterbids as necessary.

  • Design a sniper that uses scarcity of an item as criteria for purchase.

  • Write a procurement bot that detects price reductions.

  • Write a procurement bot that monitors the availability of tickets for upcoming concerts and sporting ...

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