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The opposite of page scraping - what's it called

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I'm familiar with the idea of page-scraping - getting data from
websites where there's no nice feed to use.

Is there a name for the opposite i.e. when your program simulates a
human inputting data to a site? I need to do this and I don't know
what to search for. So far, my searches have been fruitless.

The supplier of our IPT system won't support direct updates to their
directory or config database. I'm trying to implement an Identity
Management solution and the only way I can think that we can provision
users into the IPT system is to have a program access the IPT system's
web-based user management system. It's going to be nasty but
otherwise the IM stuff will be half-a-job.

Regards

SSG

Mar 31 '07 #1
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"ssg31415926" <ne**********@gmail.comwrote in message
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I'm familiar with the idea of page-scraping - getting data from
websites where there's no nice feed to use.

Is there a name for the opposite i.e. when your program simulates a
human inputting data to a site? I need to do this and I don't know
web crawling?
spidering?
automated web testing?
programmatic access to a website?
what to search for. So far, my searches have been fruitless.
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...eststream.aspx
http://twill.idyll.org/examples.html
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The supplier of our IPT system won't support direct updates to their
directory or config database. I'm trying to implement an Identity
Management solution and the only way I can think that we can provision
users into the IPT system is to have a program access the IPT system's
web-based user management system. It's going to be nasty but
otherwise the IM stuff will be half-a-job.

Regards

SSG

Mar 31 '07 #2

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On Mar 31, 12:16 pm, "ssg31415926" <newsjunkm...@gmail.comwrote:
I'm familiar with the idea of page-scraping- getting data from
websites where there's no nice feed to use.

Is there a name for the opposite i.e. when your program simulates a
human inputting data to a site? I need to do this and I don't know
what to search for. So far, my searches have been fruitless.

The supplier of our IPT system won't support direct updates to their
directory or config database. I'm trying to implement an Identity
Management solution and the only way I can think that we can provision
users into the IPT system is to have a program access the IPT system'sweb-based user management system. It's going to be nasty but
otherwise the IM stuff will be half-a-job.

Regards

SSG
You can try SWExplorerAutomation (SWEA) from http://webiussoft.com.
SWEA records Web automation scripts and gnerates c# or VB.NET code for
them.

Apr 4 '07 #3

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On Mar 31, 6:16 pm, "ssg31415926" <newsjunkm...@gmail.comwrote:
I'm familiar with the idea of page-scraping - getting data from
websites where there's no nice feed to use. Is there a name for the opposite i.e. when your program simulates a
human inputting data to a site?

You need automated web form filling. Try the free iMacros for Firefox
tool at http://www.iopus.com/imacros/firefox/

If you need to control this application from within your program (VBS,
VBA. C#,...), you can use the Scripting Edition from the same website.

Francis
Apr 5 '07 #4

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On 5 Apr, 09:29, FrancisHean...@googlemail.com wrote:
On Mar 31, 6:16 pm, "ssg31415926" <newsjunkm...@gmail.comwrote:I'm familiar with the idea of page-scraping - getting data from
websites where there's no nice feed to use. Is there a name for the opposite i.e. when your program simulates a

human inputting data to a site?

You need automated web form filling. Try the free iMacros for Firefox
tool athttp://www.iopus.com/imacros/firefox/

If you need to control this application from within your program (VBS,
VBA. C#,...), you can use the Scripting Edition from the same website.

Francis
Thank you all for your help.

Apr 11 '07 #5

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