Need to screen scrape a website from a classic asp 3.0 page

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I am doing a project for my final year thesis. The prototype involves accumulating search results from different search engines into one web page. For this I need to programmatically send the request to the web sites,  and then read the results into a variable. Is this possible to do this with Classic ASP 3.0?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #90774

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You will need to use a technique similar to AJAX. The difference is you will require to use a server side object instead of a client side object. Microsoft has released a server side object called ServerXMLHttp object. This object is the server side equivalent of the client side XMLHttp object. The methods and properties of the object are almost similar.

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You will be far better off by using the search Application Programming Interface development kits released by major search providers. They give rich functionality. They provide Web Services that you can call and retrieve the set of information that you require.

Check the search SDK provided by Google and the BOSS SDK provided by Yahoo. You may need to write a COM+ object using the SOAP toolkit as you are using the Classic ASP 3.0. You then register it in the machine and create the object using the Server. Create object method. I do not think there is direct support for using SOAP inside a Classic ASP 3.0 (at least I have never used it).

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Thank you WizKid and Thank you Electrica. I more or less prefer less coding and getting the work done within the means of ASP 3.0. Writing a COM+ object is going to be an overload. WizKid, can you provide me some sample code on using the ServerXMLhttp object?

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Following five lines of code should do it. The first line creates the ServerXMLHttp object. The second line then opens a connection to the report page. The example shows a POST request (as in your case). Then it sets the header and posts the data. In this case it will be your search data as key value pairs. The response is then read back into a variable.

Code:

  1. Set xmlServerRequest = Server.CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
  2. xmlServerRequest.Open "POST","full url", False
  3. xmlServerRequest.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "text/xml"
  4. xmlServerRequest.send dataString
  5. result = xmlServerRequest.responsexml.xml
Let me know if it works.

 

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It works for Google. But it does not work to other selected search engines. The xml property returns empty. Any reason as to why this is happening?

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I believe this is because the data that is return is not in XHTML format. You can alter the code and get the result of the responseText property instead of the responseXML property.

PS: This is why it is recommended that all web pages are XHTML compliant to make cross application integration and information exchange smooth and simple.

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Thank you WizKid, the responseText property works. Thank you again for your help and advise!

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