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Re: "Web Automation" -- your input is greatly desired!

by newrisedesigns (Curate)
on May 05, 2003 at 20:28 UTC ( #255746=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to "Web Automation" -- your input is greatly desired!

Under Spiders, don't forget those that use LWP and such to read newsfeeds or straight HTML to keep themselves informed. jcwren has a lot of tools for checking your XP here on PerlMonks.

This might be more of a research topic, however, I've been finding that a lot of websites might be faking the referrer as some sort of secret ad to the webmaster. I keep getting one or two hits for different sites, but I never find anything that links to my site.

    Just a thought:
  • Spiders
    • News gathers
    • Broken link finders
    • Bad Spiders that Overindex/Look for Holes
  • Automation
    • Testing CGI scripts
    • Checking for updated content
    • others...
  • Scraping
    • Using Perl and the HTML:: Modules
    • Making Clean HTML (easy to parse/scrape)
    • Using data-oriented methods (XML/RSS)

This list is nowhere near complete. If I'm off on something, post a reply and set me straight.

John J Reiser

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