If I place a search term of a few words in Google, like "My + restaraunt + good", google will return the search and the number of hits.
I would like to do this programatically using Basic (PowerBasic) - and obtain just the number of hits. I can make the code to submit and read the google page for this information, but am wondering if this is possible some other way - an API, app, etc?
I'm new to the world of using the internet programatically. It almost sounds to me that I'm looking for a webcrawler that just returns the number of positive "finds" on the web for a given set of words.
I was told that perhaps Curl would work, but that seems to return full documents and seems to require specific URLs. I'm just looking for a count. Perhaps Curl would work somehow, but before I go running down that road, I'm wondering what might be available.
Can someone point me in the right direction?