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Re: The State of Web spidering in Perl

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 23, 2013 at 00:35 UTC ( #1055208=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The State of Web spidering in Perl

Scrappy Comments: Looks interesting, but the docs are a bit scattered and felt confusing, and the development seems to have stagnated.

scrappy is too much pee as I say in Re: Scrappy user_agent error

... spidering ... scraping ...

You're confusing yourself there a little, spidering (anything goes) is a completely different ballgame than scraping (this one particular site)

WWW::Mechanize makes LWP bearable for scraping

WWW::Mechanize::Firefox adds JS support

that's it for scraping, the bare essentials and the state of the art, all the others add a little sugar and some baggage

WWW::Scripter adds "JS support" WWW::Scripter::Plugin::JavaScript/WWW::Scripter::Plugin::Ajax... very impressive/neat, but it ain't no WWW::Mechanize::Firefox

Web::Scraper adds a little sugar, like

Web::Magic adds maximum magic with maximum dependencies

Web::Query adds maximum sugar with minimal dependencies, like jQuery, but has odd bits

-Mojo is slick but Mojo::DOM is still barren (pita)

XML::LibXML -- has work to do, it can load html/xml documents from urls but the headers/post/... HTTP stuff isn't there yet


Mozilla::Mechanize -- good luck building that :) it ain't easy, no it aint easy

Gtk3::WebKit -- its a browser , you might scrape with it somehow (probably not)

Gtk2::WebKit -- its a browser , you might scrape with it somehow (probably not)

Wx::Htmlwindow -- its a (old/weak/limited) browser , you can scrape with it somehow , its clumsy and limited, not good for scraping

Wx::WebView-- its a (new/moderner/css+js) browser , even more useless for scraping than wx::htmlwindow ... looks nice but like all these browsers, not designed for scraping, although it could be

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