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Re: getting started with LWP and HTML::TokeParser

by BrimBorium (Friar)
on Oct 10, 2010 at 18:36 UTC ( #864503=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to getting started with LWP and HTML::TokeParser

I just want to adwise you to check if you are allowed to use your script on a government website. Just because it's possible it does not always mean it's a good idea. Be sensitive about data privacy when automating web things. When using the swiss army chanisaw, be aware you might cut your leg off if you're careless.

BTW: I don't feel well with people posting valid mail adresses and phone numbers instead of example data ... because I hate spam.

Did you read Choosing a username? Do you really want to stay Perlbeginner1 whole life? Just for curiosity ;-)

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Re^2: getting started with LWP and HTML::TokeParser
by Perlbeginner1 (Scribe) on Oct 11, 2010 at 21:02 UTC
    Hi there Brimborium

    thx for sharing you ideas!

    since i am a teacher and since i am working in the field of education for years i know very well what i do! I have no troubles with parsing this govermental site!

    The data i am trying to get are readable - so i mechanize this reading...

    BTW: one word regarding the data: These data are offical Adress-data - names and numbers of shools - nothing else.

    some general adress-sets that contain nothing really sensitive!

    but again - thx for sharing your ideas. BTW: what is wrong with my username; i am a beginner.

    regards - perl beginner1

      There is nothing wrong with your name, but you will stay a beginner forever, at least with your name...

      I just want to point out to choose the right way to do things to avoid causing more damage than benefit. You can use a club to get a fly away from your friends shoulder, but he may not recover from your favour. You have a powerful tool with perl, I just want to be sure that you use it wisely.

      Reading a lot of files in a short time from a public server could be misinterpreted... if you are a teacher you should be aware of the consequences ... you might kill the server with a buggy script. I just want to predict you from having to say "Oh, I did not WANT that, it was really not my intention"

      A phonebook is also available to public, but I dislike the idea of having it machine redable for dialing bots ...

      I'm a software developer since many years and if you're using example or test code on real data on a public server, you really do not know what you do form my point of view.

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