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Credits Preface Chapter 1. Walking Softly 1. A Crash Course in Spidering and Scraping 2. Best Practices for You and Your Spider 3. Anatomy of an HTML Page 4. Registering Your Spider 5. Preempting Discovery 6. Keeping Your Spider Out of Sticky Situations 7. Finding the Patterns of Identifiers Chapter 2. Assembling a Toolbox Perl Modules Resources You May Find Helpful 8. Installing Perl Modules 9. Simply Fetching with LWP::Simple 10. More Involved Requests with LWP::UserAgent 11. Adding HTTP Headers to Your Request 12. Posting Form Data with LWP 13. Authentication, Cookies, and Proxies 14. Handling Relative and Absolute URLs 15. Secured Access and Browser Attributes 16. Respecting Your Scrapee's Bandwidth 17. Respecting robots.txt 18. Adding Progress Bars to Your Scripts 19. Scraping with HTML::TreeBuilder 20. Parsing with HTML::TokeParser 21. WWW::Mechanize 101 22. Scraping with WWW::Mechanize 23. In Praise of Regular Expressions 24. Painless RSS with Template::Extract 25. A Quick Introduction to XPath 26. Downloading with curl and wget 27. More Advanced wget Techniques 28. Using Pipes to Chain Commands 29. Running Multiple Utilities at Once 30. Utilizing the Web Scraping Proxy 31. Being Warned When Things Go Wrong 32. Being Adaptive to Site Redesigns Chapter 3. Collecting Media Files 33. Detective Case Study: Newgrounds 34. Detective Case Study: iFilm 35. Downloading Movies from the Library of Congress 36. Downloading Images from Webshots 37. Downloading Comics with dailystrips 38. Archiving Your Favorite Webcams 39. News Wallpaper for Your Site 40. Saving Only POP3 Email Attachments 41. Downloading MP3s from a Playlist 42. Downloading from Usenet with nget Chapter 4. Gleaning Data from Databases 43. Archiving Yahoo! Groups Messages with yahoo2mbox 44. Archiving Yahoo! Groups Messages with WWW::Yahoo::Groups 45. Gleaning Buzz from Yahoo! 46. Spidering the Yahoo! Catalog 47. Tracking Additions to Yahoo! 48. Scattersearch with Yahoo! and Google 49. Yahoo! Directory Mindshare in Google 50. Weblog-Free Google Results 51. Spidering, Google, and Multiple Domains 52. Scraping Product Reviews 53. Receive an Email Alert for Newly Added Reviews 54. Scraping Customer Advice 55. Publishing Associates Statistics 56. Sorting Recommendations by Rating 57. Related Products with Alexa 58. Scraping Alexa's Competitive Data with Java 59. Finding Album Information with FreeDB and 60. Expanding Your Musical Tastes 61. Saving Daily Horoscopes to Your iPod 62. Graphing Data with RRDTOOL 63. Stocking Up on Financial Quotes 64. Super Author Searching 65. Mapping O'Reilly Best Sellers to Library Popularity 66. Using All Consuming to Get Book Lists 67. Tracking Packages with FedEx 68. Checking Blogs for New Comments 69. Aggregating RSS and Posting Changes 70. Using the Link Cosmos of Technorati 71. Finding Related RSS Feeds 72. Automatically Finding Blogs of Interest 73. Scraping TV Listings 74. What's Your Visitor's Weather Like? 75. Trendspotting with Geotargeting 76. Getting the Best Travel Route by Train 77. Geographic Distance and Back Again 78. Super Word Lookup 79. Word Associations with Lexical Freenet 80. Reformatting Bugtraq Reports 81. Keeping Tabs on the Web via Email 82. Publish IE's Favorites to Your Web Site 83. Spidering Game Prices 84. Bargain Hunting with PHP 85. Aggregating Multiple Search Engine Results 86. Robot Karaoke 87. Searching the Better Business Bureau 88. Searching for Health Inspections 89. Filtering for the Naughties Chapter 5. Maintaining Your Collections 90. Using cron to Automate Tasks 91. Scheduling Tasks Without cron 92. Mirroring Web Sites with wget and rsync 93. Accumulating Search Results Over Time Chapter 6. Giving Back to the World 94. Using XML::RSS to Repurpose Data 95. Placing RSS Headlines on Your Site 96. Making Your Resources Scrapable with Regular Expressions 97. Making Your Resources Scrapable with a REST Interface 98. Making Your Resources Scrapable with XML-RPC 99. Creating an IM Interface 100. Going Beyond the Book Index

About the Author

Kevin Hemenway, coauthor of Mac OS X Hacks, is better known as Morbus Iff, the creator of, which bills itself as "content for the discontented." Publisher and developer of more home cooking than you could ever imagine, he'd love to give you a Fry Pan of Intellect upside the head. Politely, of course. And with love. Tara Calishain is the creator of the site, ResearchBuzz. She is an expert on Internet search engines and how they can be used effectively in business situations.

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