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Module to grab html pages

Posted by Gelembjuk (Gelembjuk), 14 November 2006

I have developed perl module HTML::ListGrabber for extracting data from HTML pages.

I want to hear remarks about it from Perl developers.

Manual and Demo on my site

What do you think?

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 15 November 2006
Well - there's a lot of other modules already out there.  If you compare it to others (such as LWP - see which some of us already use) then you'll help us learn under what circumstances it might be appropriate to use your module.

Posted by Gelembjuk (Gelembjuk), 15 November 2006
LWP module only downloads web resources by http protocol.

My module is used to extract data from html text.

Example (extracting products info from search results):
use HTML::ListGrabber;


$template='<td class="imageColumn" ><table><tr><td>
<a ><datatag name="img" -extractfrom="img" -attrforextract="src"></a>
<datatag name="null" -pass="all">
<td class="dataColumn"><table ><tr><td>
<datatag name="link" -extractfrom="a" -attrforextract="href">    
<datatag name="title"  -pass="span"></a>
<datatag name="author"><span class="bindingBlock">
<datatag name="null" -pass="all">
<span class="listprice"><datatag name="listprice"></span>
<datatag name="null" -pass="all">
<span class="otherprice"><datatag name="otherprice"></span>';




foreach $k(@a){
       print "--------------------------------\n";
       foreach $p (keys %$k){
           print "$p => $$k{$p}\n";

Output (not all):

link =>
listprice => $39.95
img =>
title => Learning Perl, Second Edition
author => by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Christiansen, and Larry Wall
otherprice => $19.50
link =>
listprice => $49.95
img =>
title => Programming Perl (2nd Edition)
author => by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Randal L. Schwartz, and Stephen Potter
otherprice => $23.20
link =>
listprice => $49.95
img =>
title => Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
author => by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington
otherprice => $18.02

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 15 November 2006
Many thanks for clearing that up .... there's so many modules out there that it's sometimes difficult to see where each of them fits in.

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