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retrieving information from tables on the web
Bid Request Id: 53043
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Posted by: A. Walter (64 ratings)
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Approved on: Mar 15, 2003
8:12:26 PM EDT
Bidding Closes: Mar 18, 2003
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Deadline: 3/23/2003
100% of work completed and accepted. Coder has been paid.
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Project Type: Personal Project / Homework Help
Bidding Type: Open Auction
Categories: Web, Windows, Language Specific, Platforms, Visual Basic
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(0 active users at Sep 1, 2003 8:59:27 AM EDT)
to seperate out the rows and

Enclosed is the sample project and the sample web page to work with. What I need is when the button is clicked, it needs to retrieve the information from the tables. The user would type in a web address and the first row and first column of the table. Then when it finds that word, then it will go through the entire table and for each row print the information in a seperate line. For each cell, the cell text and tab. Then in comments, show how the column number for each cell was obtained. Once it gets to the end of the table, then save and close the file. It must be done programmically. Probably you will be working with the Tables, TR, and TD object. The sample web page is what will be used to work off of. For the example, the name to retrieve will be Inventory. The first line would then print (Nuteriors Accuform) 16-40 or 16-43 tab, 77 84 Buick Cadillac Olds Arm Rest Cap b tab, etc. The last row in this situation that would be written to the text file would be 1044, 1985 to 1991 Porsche 944 NEW Dash Pad Cap, etc. It must work for other sites as well assuming they use tables to organize the information and they use
to seperate out the columns. I already have code in place to make sure the page is fully loaded before the function even runs.

The complete source code to show how to extract the table information.

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Aaron Young
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$50 (USD) Mar 15, 2003
9:12:02 PM EDT
Here's an example of the functionality you've requested.

I'm not entirely clear on what you mean by showing the 'cell, cell text and tab' and 'how the column no. was obtained.'

In this example, I parse out the Inventory rows,
to show 'Inv No.', 'Description' and the 'Item ID' which is the id used to 'use' the item.

I'm placing them in a listbox for demonstation purposes, but this can easily be adapted to output to a text file.

The website, appears to be a secure one, therefore logging in would be a requirement.

If this is the case, supplying a URL to the item list may not be sufficient, you may need to adapt the code to log into the site before navigating to the main list page.
(I've not included this in my bid as it wasn't specified as a requirement.)

Also, there appears to be more than one page of inventory. This example doesn't parse more than one page at a time.

If you require it to parse ALL pages and you require a login process to be built in, that will incur an additional cost and is not included in my bid.

Another consideration... You mentioned, 'it should work for other sites.', I'm not sure how reasonable this request is as the method by which the data is parsed may vary greatly from site to site.

In fact the code may need updating should the 'example' site change in a significant way.


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