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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
Perl - retrieving and caching web resources

Is there some useful data on the web which you would like to use in your Perl script? If there is, go ahead and download it, grab the page, store it as a file and use it ... subject of course to copyright and re-use rules. But, alas, how can you then keep your Perl script up to date with current data should the source page change. You certainly won't want to have to grab a fresh copy of the source manually every couple of hours to update your web site ...

In Perl, there are various modules which are available to you to grab a resource from within a program, and the easiest to use is perhaps LWP::Simple. There's an example of this module in use to grab a page, extract data from it, and echo that extracted data - [here].

If you're running a popular / busy web site, or writing a script which makes repeated use of the same resource, you will not want to grab a copy every time. Quite apart from being antisocial as far as the owner of the original site is concerned, such constant reloading of data that hardly changes will slow your process down and burn up bandwidth for little or no gain. So in this case, you'll want to download the resource and store it to a local file. There's an example of grabbing a page through LWP::Simple and storing it locally - [here].

Combining the two techniques, you can check the timestamp on your local file and reload it from the original source if the local copy is stale - there's an example of that [here] using LWP::Simple, and this is a concept / principle that we use in many places on our website - not only in Perl but also in PHP.

We have a Perl Programming course coming up in about 6 weeks time - see [here], and a PHP course the previous week - see [here]. If you find this blog article in the archive, please click on the links anyway - for our site automatically refreshes the course description pages from the course dates resource, so you'll always get current course information - content, dates, prices and availability.
(written 2011-10-18, updated 2011-10-19)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
P408 - Perl - Standard Web Modules
  [975] Answering ALL the delegate's Perl questions - (2006-12-09)
  [2229] Do not re-invent the wheel - use a Perl module - (2009-06-11)
  [2402] Automated Browsing in Perl - (2009-09-11)
  [2416] Automating access to a page obscured behind a holding page - (2009-09-23)
  [4099] Perl Dancer - a Perl Framework - Installation and first test - (2013-05-23)
  [4100] Perl Dancer - from installation to your first real application - (2013-05-24)

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