accessing the results from a Google search!

I'm in the middle of a year project in university, for which I need to access the results from a Google search and write them to a file so that i can work with the results.

I don't want the results to be returned straight back into the program by Google as I need to gain access to them in order to be able to sort them.

I tried various languages including JavaScript, ASP and HTML with no success, would anyone have any suggestions or links to further information?
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ARWCommented:
I did something like what you describe in Delphi 5.0, though I would think it would be possible in ASP.  However, it is pretty east in Delphi 5.0 with the TWebbrowser component

Thanks
ARW
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memerotCommented:
dorward pointed to the link I was going to - Google offers a SOAP interface, so it's easy to access with .Net or Java.
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falmonCommented:
This kind of thing can be quite easy to do in PHP.

the code would look something like this (untested):

<?
    $search = "tennyson"
    $URL = "http://www.google.com/search?q=".$search."&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8";

     $fileHandle = fopen ($URL, "rb");
     $fileData = fread ($fileHandle, filesize ($URL));
     fclose ($fileHandle);

    // google's matches are of a standard HTML structure. The match titles are prepended by <!--m-->, for example.
    // the result data can therefore be extracted using a global regular expression match.

    if (preg_match_all("'<!--m--><a href.*?</a>'si", $fileData, $matches)) {
        // extract the link text and href
        // output these for use
    }
?>

depending on what you want to do, you can customise the regular expression which does the initial search and chop up the resulting matches to suit your needs.

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