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CNET Download web fetching on PHP
Bid Request Id: 26623
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Posted by: ricardo arias (3 ratings)
(Software buyer rating 10)
Posted: Sep 7, 2002
2:10:28 PM EDT
Bidding Closes: Sep 21, 2002
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Deadline: 9/25/2002
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Project Type: Very Small Business Project: under $100 (USD)
Bidding Type: Open Auction
Categories: Database, PHP
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(0 active users at Jan 30, 2003 3:11:19 PM EDT)

I need a PHP4 code that runs automatically once a week and fetch Cnet Download page ( and stores in to a mySql database all the programs listed on the windows cathegory.
Software must be indexed on the database by subcathegories (MP3 Search, CD Burners, Players, etc).

Every software at CNET must be stored on mySql database with this fields:

1.- Name of the software
2.- Operating system (95,98,ME,2000, NT, XP, etc)
3.- Small description
4.- Large description
5.- Homepage url of developer
6.- Download link

note: The link must be the direct to the zip or exe and NOT the link to the cnet download page.
7.- Category

The code must let me set some settings to control the day of the week that will run, the hour and if i want to run just some categories or all cnet.

Some running example is needed for every bid, otherwise will be ignored.

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Aleksandar Bradaric
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in Beograd, Serbia
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$50 (USD) Sep 8, 2002
8:07:19 AM EDT

I&'ve read you bid request and I can create the PHP script you need. You&'ll find a very simple demo attached to this message (it parses the homepage and displays all windows categories). However, the complete script might take very long to execute (first run) because it needs to load and parse all the pages on the site. I would advise you to take one step at a time and run it by category (or even a subcategory).

Do you have access to web server parameters? You might have to change ‘max_execution_time&' and/or ‘memory_limit&' for PHP scripts (php.ini)...

If you choose to accept my bid, I&'ll need more info on database structure (table name, field names etc.) You&'ll have the complete script within 3 days. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards,
Aleksandar Bradaric
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Aleksandar Bradaric
(15 ratings)
in Beograd, Serbia
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N/A Sep 8, 2002
8:15:23 AM EDT
Here's the demo...
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Aleksandar Bradaric
(15 ratings)
in Beograd, Serbia
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N/A Sep 8, 2002
6:42:18 PM EDT

> check if you will be able to get the zip or exe link

I've already checked - no problem with that. My only concern is script execution time, especially if you do not have access to server parameters and can not change 'max_execution_time'. I'll make the script as fast as possible but you'll still need to do it step by step (the smaller the better).

One more thing. There are some subcategories listed under two different categories (e.g. 'Web Developer/Java' and 'Software Developer/Java'). What do I do with it? Do I create one or two entries in the database?

I'll start working on it as soon as you confirm my bid as the winning one. Thanks.

Best regards,
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