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- v. Present participle of screenscrape.
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If the gData API for YouTube statistics lags behind the watch page and Insight by even 24 hours, it is useless in indicating trends and for using in reports and people have to go back to screenscraping to gain information on the actual views of their videos.
Mint. com in the USA has a gorgeous looking site, and has been heavily covered by many of the tech blogs, but they have a soft underbelly – using screenscraping courtesy of an outfit called Yodlee, allegedly!
Perhaps your web API returns XML, or perhaps you're getting your data by screenscraping HTML.
Writing a screenscraping wrapper class might also be just as feasible, and it would even survive if Google decides to kill of the REST API one day; such a wrapper may also support those features which the SOAP API had but the REST API doesn't (querying for the Google cache of a page, and spellchecking, the least).
This is purely a ruby script but I used Rails to save the data using Mass Assignment + ActiveRecord (MySQL). (tags: screenscraping ruby rubyonrails) [...] links for 2008-09-08 | iKeif - tech and social media geek, mootools fan, and a ton of links on September 8, 2008 at 12: 01 pm
I want to get more involved with it (including the local Ruby group) (tags: website web tutorials tutorial tools rubyonrails ruby ror programming rails scraping screenscraping) [...] dMix | Dan McGrady » Hackers Market Research: Screen Scraping + Visualization on September 11, 2008 at 4: 21 pm
I’ve been dying to get at my Netflix data … so much so that I’ve considered screenscraping the data.