Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers: A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL
The Internet is bigger and better than what a mere browser allows. Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers is for programmers and businesspeople who want to take full advantage of the vast resources available on the Web. There's no reason to let browsers limit your online experience-especially when you can easily automate online tasks to suit your individual needs.
Learn how to write webbots and spiders that do all this and more:
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - GShuk - LibraryThing
If you know PHP this is an excellent book. It comes with a library and detailed project examples on how to scrape the web from someone who is very experienced. It is very well laid out. Read full review
The best book covering cURL and PHP about deployment task-specific webbots, spiders, and screen scrapers.