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Scour The Internet = FUN FUN FUN

  • Jul 3, 2007
'Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers: A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL' by Michael Schrenk is an absolute GEM of a book for all internet computer nerds that love trying new things and hacking for a hobby!! If you are one of the afformentioned and love to try new things and see how you can scour the internet with the greatest of ease, you owe it yourself to read and DO this guide!! When I say DO I mean don't just read, but input the examples you'll find within and play around with the power of PHP and CURL to be able to quickly and efficiently traverse the web, not for the purpose of mayhem but enjoyment!

A perfect example contained within this book is writing code to programmatically download entire websites. Instead of just right-clicking an image, imagine running code to grab the ENTIRE contents simply and easily?!?

Other fun tasks you'll learn how to do are send SMS alers to your cell phone, decode encrypted files, parse web site data... the list could go on and on!!

If you like to play with the web and create cool apps that will do cool things, pick up this wonderful book, sick back and PLAY!!


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This is a review of Michael's 2nd Edition of the same book (I received an early release copy from the publisher, I did not have an opportunity to read the 1st edition):      I thoroughly enjoy this book. I found myself glued to this topic, I have heard about it many times before just never investigated it. This is "good stuff" and I missed out by not starting earlier. The author, Michael Schrenk knows his stuff and is passionate about his craft and it shows in …
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The Internet is bigger and better than what a mere browser allows.Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapersis for programmers and businesspeople who want to take full advantage of the vast resources available on the Web. There's no reason to let browsers limit your online experience--especially when you can easily automate online tasks to suit your individual needs.

Learn how to write webbots and spiders that do all this and more:
  • Programmatically download entire websites
  • Effectively parse data from web pages
  • Manage cookies
  • Decode encrypted files
  • Automate form submissions
  • Send and receive email
  • Send SMS alerts to your cell phone
  • Unlock password-protected websites
  • Automatically bid in online auctions
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    ISBN-10: 1593271204
    ISBN-13: 978-1593271206
    Author: Michael Schrenk
    Publisher: No Starch Press

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