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A crawler which uses regular expression to catch data from website.
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RegexpCrawler

RegexpCrawler is a crawler which uses regular expression to catch data from website. It is easy to use and less code if you are familiar with regular expression.


Install


gem install regexp_crawler

Usage

It’s really easy to use, sometime just one line.


RegexpCrawler::Crawler.new(options).start

options is a hash

  • :start_page, mandatory, a string to define a website url where crawler start
  • :continue_regexp, optional, a regexp to define what website urls the crawler continue to crawl, it is parsed by String#scan and get the first not nil result
  • :capture_regexp, mandatory, a regexp to define what contents the crawler crawl, it is parse by Regexp#match and get all group captures
  • :named_captures, mandatory, a string array to define the names of captured groups according to :capture_regexp
  • :model, optional if :save_method defined, a string of result’s model class
  • :save_method, optional if :model defined, a proc to define how to save the result which the crawler crawled, the proc accept two parameters, first is one page crawled result, second is the crawled url
  • :headers, optional, a hash to define http headers
  • :encoding, optional, a string of the coding of crawled page, the results will be converted to utf8
  • :need_parse, optional, a proc if parsing the page by regexp or not, the proc accept two parameters, first is the crawled website uri, second is the response body of crawled page
  • :logger, optional, true for logging to STDOUT, or a Logger object for logging to that logger

If the crawler define :model no :save_method, the RegexpCrawler::Crawler#start will return an array of results, such as


[{:model_name => {:attr_name => 'attr_value'}, :page => 'website url'}, {:model_name => {:attr_name => 'attr_value'}, :page => 'another website url'}]


Example

a script to synchronize your github projects except fork projects, please check example/github_projects.rb


require 'rubygems'
require 'regexp_crawler'

crawler = RegexpCrawler::Crawler.new(
  :start_page => "http://github.com/flyerhzm",
  :continue_regexp => %r{<div class="title"><b><a href="(/flyerhzm/.*?)">}m,
  :capture_regexp => %r{<a href="http://github.com/flyerhzm/[^/"]*?(?:/tree)?">(.*?)</a>.*<span id="repository_description".*?>(.*?)</span>.*(<div class="(?:wikistyle|plain)">.*?</div>)</div>}m,
  :named_captures => ['title', 'description', 'body'],
  :save_method => Proc.new do |result, page|
    puts '============================='
    puts page 
    puts result[:title]
    puts result[:description]
    puts result[:body][0..100] + "..."
  end, 
  :need_parse => Proc.new do |page, response_body|
    page =~ %r{http://github.com/flyerhzm/\w+} && !response_body.index(/Fork of.*?<a href=".*?">/)
  end) 
crawler.start

The results are as follows:


=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/bullet/tree/master
bullet
A rails plugin/gem to kill N+1 queries and unused eager loading
<div class="wikistyle"><h1>Bullet</h1>
<p>The Bullet plugin/gem is designed to help you increase your...
=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/regexp_crawler/tree/master
regexp_crawler
A crawler which use regular expression to catch data. 
<div class="wikistyle"><h1>RegexpCrawler</h1>
<p>RegexpCrawler is a crawler which use regex expressi...
=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/sitemap/tree/master
sitemap
This plugin will generate a sitemap.xml from sitemap.rb whose format is very similar to routes.rb 
<div class="wikistyle"><h1>Sitemap</h1>
<p>This plugin will generate a sitemap.xml or sitemap.xml.gz ...
=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/visual_partial/tree/master
visual_partial
This plugin provides a way that you can see all the partial pages rendered. So it can prevent you from using partial page too much, which hurts the performance.
<div class="wikistyle"><h1>VisualPartial</h1>
<p>This plugin provides a way that you can see all the ...
=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/chinese_regions/tree/master
chinese_regions
provides all chinese regions, cities and districts
<div class="wikistyle"><h1>ChineseRegions</h1>
<p>Provides all chinese regions, cities and districts<...
=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/chinese_permalink/tree/master
chinese_permalink
This plugin adds a capability for ar model to create a seo permalink with your chinese text. It will translate your chinese text to english url based on google translate.
<div class="wikistyle"><h1>ChinesePermalink</h1>
<p>This plugin adds a capability for ar model to cre...
=============================
http://github.com/flyerhzm/codelinestatistics/tree/master
codelinestatistics
The code line statistics takes files and directories from GUI, counts the total files, total sizes of files, total lines, lines of codes, lines of comments and lines of blanks in the files, displays the results and can also export results to html file.
<div class="plain"><pre>codelinestatistics README file:


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