[clug] Perl (or python) page scraping tools

David Tulloh david at tulloh.id.au
Tue Aug 8 09:37:41 GMT 2006

Michael James wrote:
> The grubby task of HTML page-scraping is rearing its ugly head.
> The first task is to snarf a 2 column table,
>  the first column is the variable name
>  the second, its value.
> Ideally I'd like to get back a hash:   table{name} = value
> Sounds simple but the HTML::TableParse module
>  returns a complicated and too general structure.
> Anyone got any recommendations of modules for scraping HTML?

I have used TableThing.pm from http://www.gellyfish.com/htexamples/ in
the past.

It converts a HTML table to an array of rows containing an array of
fields.  As an added bonus, it's dead simple to understand how it works
and tweak it if you desire.


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