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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Part I. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES

While most web development books explain how to create websites, this book teaches developers how to combine, adapt, and automate existing websites to fit their specific needs. Part I introduces the concept of web automation and explores elementary techniques to harness the resources of the Web.

Chapter 1

This chapter explores why it is fun to write webbots and why webbot development is a rewarding career with expanding possibilities.

Chapter 2

We've been led to believe that the only way to use a website is with a browser. If, however, you examine what you want to do, as opposed to what a browser allows you to do, you'll look at your favorite web resources in a whole new way. This chapter discusses existing ...

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