Originally, web scraping software was expensive, complex and difficult to use, but now it has become such a popular convenience that there are a plethora of free webscraping solutions available for download on the internet. Free webscraping solutions send out a web crawler under a set of rules defined by the user and many of the newer scrapers even allow the crawler or spider to be set to check only certain sections or tables based on website extraction rules that you set up to gather information from a website where there is likely to be useful information, such as the “About Us” page or “Contact Us” page, for example. A lot of the free webscraping solutions run on open source Linux but many are available for Windows as well.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Posted by Jonathan Thralow at 11:46 AM
Labels: data scraping, free scraping, free scraping tools, web scraper
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