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Posted on 2014-01-29
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Hi,

Would it be possible to check futbol24 and pull "todays" matches from it... then check to see with a team has scored (1-0 or 0-1) and display the text Done next the the team??

Been searching the web for this and not sure what to do... this is also for personal need not financial.
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Big Monty earned 500 total points
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Generally I would advocate against something like this, as it's not your "content" to just take and use on your own site. However, if this truly is for just personal reasons, I will trust your intentions :)

What you want to look into is what's called screen scraping. There are several products out there that already are built to do this, most of them cost $$. There are also tutorials out there to help you make your own.

This one from 4GuysFromRolla has a tutorial for both classic asp as well as .NET. It's just a matter of creating a web client object, setting the url, and pulling in the data

<%@ Import Namespace="System.Net" %>
<script language="VB" runat="server">
  Sub Page_Load(sender as Object, e as EventArgs)
    'STEP 1: Create a WebClient instance
    Dim objWebClient as New WebClient()


    'STEP 2 and 3
    Const strURL as String = "http://www.aspmessageboard.com/"
    Dim objUTF8 as New UTF8Encoding()
    lblHTMLOutput.Text = objUTF8.GetString(objWebClient.DownloadData(strURL))
  End Sub
</script>

<html>
<body>
  <h1>Screen Scrape of www.aspmessageboard.com</h1>
  <p>
  <asp:label id="lblHTMLOutput" runat="server" />
</body>
</html>

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from there it gets tricky as you will then have to parse out all of the data to get the actual results you want.
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by:runnerjp2005
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I just want to make it easy for me to gather all info in one page rather then trolling through lots of sites... then use it to put together stats for my own use (gambling lol)...


I will give this ago over next few days and come back with result and mark comment if its a result :D
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by:Big Monty
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sounds good, let me know if you have any specific questions
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by:runnerjp2005
ID: 39820310
Hi bm,

I tried the below code
Imports System.Net 
Imports System.IO 


Partial Class football_home
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

	
	Sub Page_Load(sender as Object, e as EventArgs)
    'STEP 1: Create a WebClient instance
    Dim objWebClient as New WebClient()


    'STEP 2 and 3
		Const strURL as String = "http://www.livefutbol24.com/Football/Live"
    Dim objUTF8 as New UTF8Encoding()
    lblHTMLOutput.Text = objUTF8.GetString(objWebClient.DownloadData(strURL))
  End Sub
	
	
	
End Class

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But the output i get is nothing! - am i doing something wrong?>
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by:runnerjp2005
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Front page is
<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="home.aspx.vb" Inherits="football_home" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head runat="server">
    <title></title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
<h1>Screen Scrape </h1>
  <p>
  <asp:label id="lblHTMLOutput" runat="server" />
    </form>
</body>
</html>

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by:Big Monty
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Did you get this working? I only ask because you accepted my answer
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by:runnerjp2005
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Sorry forgot to post ... yes i did thanks so much for your help
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ok great, just wanted to make sure you were all set
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