|We don't bite newbies here... much|
same prob. different approachby g00n (Hermit)
|on Mar 25, 2004 at 07:31 UTC||Need Help??|
at the mercy of change
My problem is I want data. Not *pretty web pages*. Raw data in feed format that I can process. I'm pretty much getting the results you are looking for now but not beating my head around having to parse html with all it's problems: namely you open to the mercy of web designers whim to change the layout.use rdf, rss or pda feeds
So I avoid HTML. I'm lazy. I look for the rss, rdf, pda html pages. Point my spider and dump them in a directory for later parsing. Most news sites have rss feeds (though my local newspaper, The Age supplies rss feeds for a fee. but produces a lite page for pda's.) so some parsing is necessary.
questions, questions, devils advocate
I'm not actually knocking the idea.
now you may say, goon your an idiot, be quiet. but ...
esr ~ <a href="http://catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/ar01s02.html"> The Cathedral and the Bazaar v3.0</a>.