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Re^2: Extract data from website and transfer it to Outlook

by phydeauxarff (Priest)
on Apr 27, 2006 at 21:33 UTC ( #546132=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Extract data from website and transfer it to Outlook
in thread Extract data from website and transfer it to Outlook

As I was reading this I was just about to post similar to your comment concerning the expectation of the OP's employer that they perform this function

of course, before I quit I would have asked for a contractor to write the code to accomplish the task

ah..the joys of having a pointy headed manager


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Re^3: Extract data from website and transfer it to Outlook
by Paintermonkey (Novice) on Apr 27, 2006 at 23:29 UTC
    Thanks guys! You have all been really helpful and really nice! I like this site so much I've taken the good advice and registered myself.

    I've been reading up on WWW::Mechanize. Sadly, the website in question IS in Javascript. I haven't given up yet. I'm going to spend some more time looking up as much info as I can.

    I also have acquired a .pdf version of the web data. I'm doing the best I can , trying to tackle this with straight Perl or trying to convert and extract info from the .pdf .

    Hopefully, I will be successful.

    As to quitting...I will not be doing this forever. I will not be doing this forever. I will not be doing this forever.

    Many thanks, and of course further advice is welcomed!

    Telly
      If you have a pdf of the data you need try pdftotext, which is a part of the xpdf library. It does a great job of extracting useful text from any pdf not based on a scan of an image. Then you'll have plain text to parse into fields. That would save the WWW::Mechanize learning curve and the javascript frustrations it raises. -- Hugh

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