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Write a Program to Copy Sections of a Web Page

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#1 beaujay


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 01:14 PM

I don't know anything about coding. Is it possible to write this program I dreamed up? If so, what language should it be written in? What are some good programmer sites where I might find someone to do the job?



In the search box of www.brainyquote.com, enter an AUTHOR NAME (e.g. Marilyn Monroe), <enter>



1. copy all QUOTES and the AUTHOR NAME (on brainyquote.com pages, each QUOTE is immediately followed by the AUTHOR NAME)

2. paste the QUOTES/AUTHOR NAME in a .txt file named AUTHOR NAME.TXT (e.g. marilyn monroe.txt) with an empty paragraph separating each QUOTE/AUTHOR NAME

3. follow the “Next” link at bottom of page and repeat steps 1 and 2

4. if the “Next” link is greyed-out, END PROGRAM


I run Win7 64-bit



Edited by beaujay, 23 November 2015 - 01:47 PM.

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#2 KingDavidlll


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 03:16 AM

www.freelancer.com has a number of programmers who'll do it on the cheap. 

You could learn how to do it yourself however.  You would probably use Python, and just doing a quick google search you could use a framework using Scrapy. 


If you really want it still I might be interested in taking the job, feel free to PM me.

#3 Demonslay335


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:57 AM

This would be what's referred to as a bot, or "page scraper". There's several tools out there for Python and PHP most commonly, some for Java and other languages if you need more "to the metal". I've done this before with PHP, it sounds fairly straight-forward. You can also look at this Chrome extension to get started.

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#4 AceInfinity


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 10:12 PM

This can be done in about 10 minutes or so in any .NET language. Perhaps less time than that.

Edited by AceInfinity, 09 January 2016 - 10:13 PM.

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