The content and services available on the web continue to be accessed mostly through direct human control. But this is changing. Increasingly, users rely on automated agents that save them time and effort by programmatically retrieving content, performing complex interactions, and aggregating data from diverse sources. Programming Spiders, Bots, and Aggregators in Java teaches you how to build and deploy a wide variety of these agents–from single-purpose bots to exploratory spiders to aggregators that present a unified view of information from multiple user accounts.
You will quickly build on your basic knowledge of Java to quickly master the techniques that are essential to this specialized world of programming, including parsing HTML, interpreting data, working with cookies, reading and writing XML, and managing high-volume workloads. You’ll also learn about the ethical issues associated with bot use--and the limitations imposed by some websites.
This book offers two levels of instruction, both of which are focused on the library of routines provided on the companion CD. If your main concern is adding ready-made functionality to an application, you’ll achieve your goals quickly thanks to step-by-step instructions and sample programs that illustrate effective implementations. If you’re interested in the technologies underlying these routines, you’ll find in-depth explanations of how they work and the techniques required for customization.
About the Author
Jeff Heaton is an author, college instructor, programmer, and Internet entrepreneur. He has worked with many languages, including C++, Java, and Visual Basic. He coauthored SAMS' Teach Yourself Visual C++ 6.0 Professional Reference Edition and has written for Java Developer's Journal, Windows Developer's Journal, and C++ Users Journal. He teaches Java programming at St. Louis Community College and has served as a consultant programmer for Anheuser-Busch, MasterCard, and Boeing, among others.