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Dexi Pipes: multi-threaded web scraping of site aggregators

Today I want to share my experience with Dexi Pipes. Pipes is a new kind of robot introduced by Dexi.io to integrate web data extraction and web data processing into a single seamless workflow. The main focus of the testing is to show how Dexi might leverage multi-threaded jobs for extraction of data from a retail website.

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Reliable rotating proxies for business directories scrape

logo_rotating_proxiesWe’ve already written about suitable proxy servers for web scraping. Now we want to focus our readers on those for the huge/mass quantities data records scrape, particulary from the business directories. When scraping busines directories, their web servers can identify repetative requesting and put you on hold by looking at the IP address that is used for frequent http requests. Proxy rotation web service is the means for repeatedly changing IP address. Thus, target web server can only see the random IP addresses from rotatign proxies pool at each request. more…

Dexi.io Review

Dexi.io is a powerful scraping suite. This cloud scraping service provides development, hosting and scheduling tools. The suite might be compared with Mozenda for making web scraping projects and runnig them in clouds for user convenience. Yet it includes the API, each scraper being a json definition similar to other services like import.io, kimono lab and parseHub. more…

EndCaptcha for fast CAPTCHA solving

endCaptcha Captcha solveFrom time to time, web users struggle with “CAPTCHA services” such as DeCaptcher and DBC. And although those services are reliable, often times they’re “overloaded”, meaning the images to be solved get rejected or it takes a lot of time to be decoded (some services might even take 50 seconds to solve a single image!).

But, I recently came across a new service that hopes to fill this (fast CAPTCHA solving) gap. EndCaptcha.com, is a new image digitization service that was built to satisfy the needs of the most demanding consumers. It uses a dedicated team of operators assisted by a smart OCR system. That’s why it’s being considered a Premium CAPTCHA service.  more…

Writing next generation scraping scripts with Web Robots IDE

webRobots_logoMost scraping solutions fall into two categories: ­Visual scraping platforms targeted at non-programmers (Import.io, Content Grabber, CloudScrape, etc.), and scraping code libraries like Scrapy or PhantomJS which require at least some knowledge of how to code.

Web Robots builds scraping IDE that fills the gap in between. Code is not hidden but instead made simple to create, run and debug. more…

Import.io Enter the Enterprise DaaS Market

Import.io Enterprise
Recently, import.io (a free scraping online tool) announced that they are adding another way to get data from the web: they’ll build it for you. This new “Data as a Service” program is targeted at businesses and organizations who need data, but don’t have the time or resources to devote to using the import.io tool to build it themselves. For these clients, import will curate custom datasets based on their specific requirements as well as develop custom data implementation solutions based on the organization’s in-house software. more…

My Experience in Choosing a Web Scraping Service

Choosing of Web Scraping Services Recently I decided to outsource a web scraping project to another company. I typed “web scraping service” in Google, chose six services from the first two search result pages and sent the project specifications to all of them to get quotes. Eventually I decided to go another way and did not order the services, but my experience may be useful for others who want to entrust web scraping jobs to third party services. more…

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