Re: Flame bait du jour
Doug Royer wrote: > > Yes! And I wonder how many people that try to shoot down XML > have ever had to hand write a parser for complex data transfers > that use arbitrary data models. One parser bug can ruin your > whole project. > I'm not a parser expert by any stretch of the imagination, but two parsing/web page scraping projects come to mind: one to scrape advertisor bids from Overture for bid gap analysis (before Overture shut that down) and one to pull weekly NFL player statistics for scoring fantasy football leagues. The final score: Overture - 100% parsed from scratch: 2 or 3 weeks to finally get it right Football - with the proper application of HTMLTidy and XSLT: 2 days to pull stats from not just one site but from two completely different sites. And let me tell you, if you want arbitrary data models, each of the football statistics pages was apparently written by a couple different designers and populated by twice as many different content management systems. It doesn't come much more arbitrary. The ease with which the football stats were pulled using HTMLTidy and XSLT gave rise to the newest million dollar idea which was to develop ways to protect website data from the evils of XSLT scraping. (Any investors? :) If that sort of efficiency is boring, I'll never need exciting software again. -- Steve Rosenberry Sr. Partner Electronic Solutions Company -- For the Home of Integration http://ElectronicSolutionsCo.com (610) 670-1710
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