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Knowledge Walls: manipulation with JSON, XML, CSV and more

Personally, I prefer using online tools for performing quick manipulation on different data formats like JSON, XML, CSV and so on. They’re platform independent and always within reach of my hand (since I mainly work in a browser). After we published an article about 7 best JSON viewers, I was told about Knowledge Walls, a similar service containing many tools for text data manipulation. more…

Distil: Scrape Bot Protection Test

The anti scrape bot service test has been my focus for some time now. How well can the Distil service protect the real website from scrape? The only answer comes from an actual active scrape. Here I will share the log results and conclusion of the test. In the previous post we briefly reviewed the service’s features, and now I will do the live test-drive analysis. more…

Web Page Change Tracking

Often, you want to detect changes on some eBay offerings or get notified of the latest items of interest from craigslist in your area. Or, you want to monitor updates on a website (your competitor’s, for example) where no RSS feed is available. How would you do it, by visiting it over and over again? No, now there are handy tools for website change monitoring. We’ve evaluated some tools and would like to recommend the most useful ones that will make your monitoring job easy. Those tools nicely complement the web scraping software, service and plugins. more…

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