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Idea for a bot - Will it work?

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Hi there.

I'm looking to create a bot, but before I start out, was wondering if you good folks could advise me on it's viability.

I'm hoping to come up with a bot that scrapes a website > save said info into a file/database > refresh the page, and scrape again (looking for fresh content) > compare the new info with the old > if any new info is available, then have a pop up notify me.

I'm currently using Zennoposter for this, but it's proving cumbersome and slightly prone to bugging out.

Your thoughts?

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Yes, it should be possible. What website are you attempting to monitor?

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And what specific data are you attempting to scrape from it?


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AutoIt can do pretty much anything, this would be a trivial task.

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And what specific data are you attempting to scrape from it?

 

I'll simply scrape urls (I'm pretty handy with Regex) from the page.

Based upon the replies, I'll invest some time into AI.

Thanks!

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There is not a whole lot you cannot do with AutoIt in this arena. I asked specifically for the type of information because it will determine what functions might help you the best (_IEGetObjByID over _IEBodyReadHTML, for example).


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I used a Chrome addon called Page Monitor. Supports regex. Very configurable.


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I used a Chrome addon called Page Monitor. Supports regex. Very configurable.

 

Thanks for this. I was also looking to bodge together a Chrome/Firefox extention that achieves all of the above.

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Artificial Intelligence?

My mate Arthur, down the pub suffers from that.

I've heard that a copious amount of mead will cure a victim of AI, but I wouln't believe everything you read in the DSM IV manual.

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