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Hello, I am trying to write a program using the wget command in java that goes to a website picks a link in that website and click it than goes to the second link clicks it and goes to the third link and grabs a particular string.

An example would be to go to http://www.w3schools.com/ click on "learn SQL" link than click on the "SQL SELECT TOP" link and grab a particular string from that page. I am not sure how to write it.
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by:BAKADY
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I don't think wget is your best solution. it isn't available at macs or windows by default.
Use Apache Java Frameworks to powered your application.

use a httpclient to make page requests like:

http://hc.apache.org/httpcomponents-client-ga/index.html

and a html parse to load links like this:

http://tika.apache.org/1.3/parser.html

Regards
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by:CEHJ
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BAKADY is right - wget is not the right tool. HttpClient though is not really the right tool - it's too low level. You'll find you have to write much less code with something like HtmlUnit
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Oh I see... how about HTMLParser
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Oh I see... how about HTMLParser
What's that?
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It is similar to this parsing i found some good example of what i was looking for

http://www.mkyong.com/java/jsoup-html-parser-hello-world-examples/
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You can use that but there's no need to go so low-level
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you had recommended to use HtmlUnit, if I use HtmlUnit can i navigate thru a website  or traverse the website? As what I had mention in my question.

An example would be to go to http://www.w3schools.com/ click on "learn SQL" link than click on the "SQL SELECT TOP" link and grab a particular string from that page. I am not sure how to write it.

Would you have any working examples I can take a look at that navigate thru a website (from a website navigates to a child website and a child website and grabs a String?
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if I use HtmlUnit can i navigate thru a website  or traverse the website?
Yes - or i would not have mentioned it ;)

http://htmlunit.sourceforge.net/gettingStarted.html
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you need a Framework - learn is a hard work - or Basis-Knowledge about HTTP and HTML and build it from scratch.

if you know what you need and what you are doing, it isn't complicate. Something like a little http/https proxy can works with only 300 lines code - including comments and no line bigger that 50 chars.

good luck
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