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Pls explain how to grab text from a website

Posted on 2008-10-17
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My background:
Total new to programming language
Linux web hosting
I will hire someone to achieve this task.

Dear experts

I plan to grabs some texts and images from a classified website.
I need to know how things work so that I can explain to programmers what I need to achieve.
The programmer will need to create an automated tool.
The main page of the website are updated every few minutes with new listing.
The tool will need to click on each of this listing, and grab Topic, Description, Image etc from the listing and put into a database... The tool will also need to check the main page for un-grab listing hourly.
My questions
a, Is this call data parsing?
b, what programming language are commonly used to create the tool? Can php be use?
c, once the programmer create the codes, I will put the files in my linux web server and run it myself . Is this alright?
d, the tool will grab the data and put in MYSQL?

Did I left out anything that worth mentioning?
Your details explanation is much appreciated.
thx


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by:Umesh
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I think php,perl or any shell script will do this stuff..

PHP -> use curl to grab text from remote web site, extract the required data from the copied text & put this into MySQL
 
Bash/sed/awk - > Using lynx copy the entire text    into a text file, extract the required data and format according to MySQL compatible (csv or tsv) and just load this into MySQL (using heredoc, non-interactive mode).

Perl-> can be done...
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by:RightNL
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have a look at snoopy
it's a really nice class that does it for you..
snoopy.sourceforge.com  
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by:RightNL
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sorry I didn't fully read the threath ;)
it can all be done in php...
using snoopy you'd grab the full page and then strip out the stuff you like and put it in the database..
any php programmer should be able to do this..
 
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by:royalgoldleaf
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Any pre-written scripts that i can customize to do the job?
Cant find in snoopy..
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snoopy can be found : http://sourceforge.net/projects/snoopy/
it's a highly customable php class. which you can just point the url to...
 
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Thanks for the points!

Thanks,
Umesh
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