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Hello,
I'm a really visual c# beginner. I've only created simple task programs and a text parser form my servers.
I would like to parse a html web page :
get links from the first page then connect to these links get data, compare with database and if now exist or not changed put the data in database.
Is there an easy (dumb :))  way for visual c# to begin with (a book, web page, msdn for explanations)
Othe possible ways are welcome. (Don't know if I can do it with sql server 2005 analysis service, or other softwares to extract data)
Thank you
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The following links might be helpful:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/ASP.NET/Q_23493776.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+c+screenscrap
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Internet/Web_Development/Q_23417990.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+c+screenscrap
http://community.screen-scraper.com/Tutorial_4_page_3_Invoking%20screen-scraper%20from%20C%2523.NET

I've written a scrrenscraper before and once you've got the HTML you can easily search for the part of the page you want.  With any luck that part of the page may be in XHTML (i.e. HTML in strict XML format) in which case you can load it into an XML document and parse to your hearts content.  Otherwise you may need to resort to regular expressions to find the parts of the page you are interested in.
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I think this is what you are looking for
http://www.developer.com/net/csharp/article.php/10918_2230091_1
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Thank you for the scraper link.
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