Fill out external form?

Hi i was wondering is there a way to use ruby on rails to fill out
fields in an external webpage submit it and get the result. Like ruby
auto loggin in to a mail account and retrieving a mail or something like


Now if I understand you correctly what you’ve described here is a
simple HTTP transaction which can be performed by pretty much every
modern programming tool out there. What do you need Rails for here?


On 5/9/07, Hector M. [email protected] wrote:

Best regards,
Yuri L.

i live in mexico and theres a page for sending free sms to cellphones
but its full of publicity , it has 3 fields with name , phone number and
message. i want to make an app on ruby on rails so that it fills this
fields and click submit withouth me having to actually enter this page.
i dont know if im making my self clear i hope i am thnx for the help.

Yuri’s point was that Rails is a framework for building database-backed
web applications. You probably just need a command-line script… er,
unless maybe you wanted to make your own web page that called the other
web page but didn’t have the ads… yeah, I can see that.

Anyway, what you need is a web scraping tool. Popular tools I’ve heard
of (but have not used) are scrubyt ( and hpricot

You might also do some googling for a Ruby SMS library (uh, like
ruby-sms: and just do the
SMS work yourself… then you don’t have the overhead of scraping the
SMS website and you’re not dependent on them being up.


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