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Re: I need to automate/scrape data from IE

by hawtin (Prior)
on Dec 07, 2011 at 09:00 UTC ( #942180=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to I need to automate/scrape data from IE

The message you are getting back suggests that just using OLE won't work, however it is worth trying the simplest approach (just to prove that it won't do it).

use strict; use Win32::OLE; my $ie = Win32::OLE->new( 'InternetExplorer.Application' ) or die "error starting IE"; $ie->{visible} = 1; $ie->navigate( 'https://internal.site.of.doom/' ); sleep(4); if(!defined $ie->Document()) { print STDERR "Nope that failed as well"); } else { print "We have something back!\n"; }

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Re^2: I need to automate/scrape data from IE
by CarlosT (Initiate) on Dec 07, 2011 at 17:44 UTC
    This code worked. It opened a browser window to the correct url. Can I do what I need to do just by using OLE?

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[stevieb]: Marshall: no. I commented on the thread yesterday. Visual Studio updates the tags ok, but corrupts the exe
[stevieb]: I advised the OP that a possible workaround would be to add a version function/flag that displays the required copyright/license info instead
[Marshall]: Darn! I'll look at the thread. Must not be updatinga byte count somewhere. The .exe format is a complex critter.
[stevieb]: that way, it's still "hard coded" into the exe at least, despite not being visible via Properties
[Marshall]: I also looked into PerlApp from Active State, but they don't sell their Dev Kit independent of a very expensive ($1,200) per year license anymore.
[Corion]: I would assume that the PE format hasn't changed that much since the days of yore, but it seems that I would be wrong in that assumption
[Marshall]: When I bought my copy 15+ years ago, it was just a couple hundred bucks.
[Marshall]: I looked at MS specs for PE format and I didn't see any changes in last decade, but evidenly that would be wrong.

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