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Dapper – screen scraping Web API for any site

Posted in Technology, Web 2.0 and Social Media by engtech on August 18, 2006

Dapper is a service that provides an API to any website (screen scraping for dummies).

Now people will be able to create applications that use the data from any web site easily. Screen scraping is nothing new (I used perl and WWW::Mechanize + regular expressions). You can do cool things like take local movie times, IMDB posters, and RottenTomatoes reviews and mash them all up into a site that will tell you what movies are worth seeing and where they are playing.

Easy screen scraping will push copyright issues to the forefront as new sites are designed showing the contents from others.

One of the first Dapper apps offered is Blotter, a tool to create Technorati rank graphs.

>> Dapper website
>> Dapper screencast demo
>> Report on TechCrunch

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  1. Ilya Lichtenstein said, on February 02, 2007 at 2:10 am

    ZOMG I am so happy I randomly stumbled across this blog post. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for for a web (2.0-ish) application I’m developing. thanks for another useful post!

  2. engtech said, on February 02, 2007 at 2:21 am

    I never tried it — let me know how it goes.

    And boo/hiss to the Technorati graph starting to show my decline now that my 100+ trackback post from last August is getting past the 6 month mark.

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