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HTTP Programming Recipes for Java Bots [Paperback]

Jeff Heaton

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Book Description

April 17 2007
The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) allows information to be exchanged between a web server and a web browser. Java allows you to program HTTP directly. HTTP programming allows you to create programs that access the web much like a human user would. These programs, which are called bots, can collect information or automate common web programming tasks. This book presents a collection of very reusable recipes for Java bot programming. This book covers many topics related to Java HTTP programming. Both secure and insecure HTTP communications are covered, as well as HTTP authentication. Learn to interact with HTTP forms and support both HTTP POST and HTTP GET requests. Collect data from a wide array of HTML constructs, such as tables, and lists. Learn about advanced topics that complicate the life of a bot, such as AJAX and Javascript. Also learn about the ethical use of bots, and when bots should not be used. This book also introduces the Heaton Research Spider. The Heaton Research Spider is an open source spider framework. Using the Heaton Research Spider you can create spiders that will crawl a web site, much like a real spider crawls the web. The Heaton Research Spider is available in both Java and Microsoft Dot Net form.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Heaton Research, Inc. (April 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977320669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977320660
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars HTTP Recipes for Java Bots Feb. 21 2008
By Peter V. Kasson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is quite a complete book for anyone wishing to write bots in any language (if he knows Java well enough to understand the examples). It covers protocol, parsing and techniques of writing them along with good practices.

It offers a good introduction/foundation for beginners to intermediate developers. The chapter on HTTPS goes into good detail of the nuances of secure and non-secure interactions of HTTP communications.

Extracting data from the web is covered extensibly in various examples with well described reasons and approaches to technique and purpose. The examples are easy to understand and read.

For anyone wishing to start writing applications that automate web interactions, data retrieval or creating and automating bots, this is a good book for the job.

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