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Re^2: Parse::RecDescent for parsing URLs

by artist (Parson)
on Jul 27, 2007 at 17:46 UTC ( #629161=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Parse::RecDescent for parsing URLs
in thread Parse::RecDescent for parsing URLs

I am looking to extract patterns of URL from given sites. Example: is a valid question-answer node. Where as is not. There is a certain pattern follows here that node_id=\d+ is a valid question-answer node. Extracting these type of patterns from given site, can help me to determine the nature of the link. I like to do these site-wide, automatically.

Hopefully, I am making sense here.


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Re^3: Parse::RecDescent for parsing URLs
by ikegami (Patriarch) on Jul 27, 2007 at 17:53 UTC

    Parse::RecDescent is used to create parsers, yet there already exists a parser for URIs. URI and extention URI::QueryParam should do the trick.

    Update: Here's an example:

    use URI qw( ); use URI::QueryParam qw( ); foreach ( '', ' +', ) { my $uri = URI->new($_); my @node_ids = $uri->query_param('node_id'); my @node_titles = $uri->query_param('node'); if ( (@node_ids && @node_titles) || @node_ids > 2 || @node_titles > 2 ) { warn("$uri: Error: Bad uri\n"); } if (!@node_ids && !@node_titles) { warn("$uri: Warning: Unrecognized uri\n"); next; } if (@node_ids) { print("$uri: By Id ($node_ids[0])\n"); } if (@node_titles) { print("$uri: By Title ($node_titles[0])\n"); } }
Re^3: Parse::RecDescent for parsing URLs
by ikegami (Patriarch) on Jul 27, 2007 at 18:35 UTC

    Or maybe you are trying to extract data from a download HTML page? If so, use an existing HTML parser (such as HTML::TreeBuilder and HTML::Tree) instead of rolling out your own.

    I've found XPath to be very useful. HTML::TreeBuilder::XPath allows you to query the HTML document for information. The Firebug extention for Firefox can help you find the paths.

    If PerlMonks is not just an example, I recommend download the XML version of pages by adding the displaytype=xml query parameter to requested URIs. The same advice I gave for HTML applies for XML. Use an existing parser, and XPath is very useful for XML too.

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