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Re: web scrape using API and the regular web scrape

by amir_e_a (Hermit)
on Mar 02, 2010 at 16:44 UTC ( #826199=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to web scrape using API and the regular web scrape

Writing a scraping program is harder in the first place. Besides, if you use the scraping method, then it may stop working when the design of the website changes, unless be pure luck it will keep working.

So if you have the option to use an API, do use it, unless you actually see a problem with it.

Sometimes the website doesn't provide an API, though, and then you don't have a choice.

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