HTML table to matrix with WWW::Mechanize

Hi,

I am new to ruby and am trying to scrape a website table into a matrix,
I have been playing around with WWW::Mechanize and have had some success
getting the page, extracting the table I want and then separating the
result by table rows. The problem comes with then splitting it down by
table data, I am going through each result in the array to break it by
the

tag, but my code appears to have zero effect!

The code I am using is below; any help in getting the table into a
matrix would be really appreciated.

Thanks

Adam

require ‘rubygems’
require ‘mechanize’

agent = WWW::Mechanize.new
agent.user_agent_alias = ‘Mac Safari’
page =
agent.get(“http://horses.sportinglife.com/Racecards/0,12495,215137,00.html").search("//table[@class=‘racecard_table’]”)
tablerows = page.search("//tr")
puts tablerows.length
finalresult = Array.new
tablerows.each do |tablerows|
finalresult << tablerows.search("//td")
end
puts finalresult.length

Adam Hinchliffe wrote:

matrix would be really appreciated.
/ … snip code listing

Try this:


#!/usr/bin/ruby -w

table = “

\n” +
“\n” +
“\n” +
“\n” +
4 47 1 19
7 49 4 39
14 17 19 21
\n”

rows = table.scan(%r{

.*?}m)

rows.each do |row|
fields = row.scan(%r{(.*?)}m)
puts fields.join(",")
end

Output:

4,47,1,19
7,49,4,39
14,17,19,21

Try this filter on a more complex page, one with differing numbers of
cells
in each row, etc. It works quite well, and you can understand what it is
doing at a glance.

And notice that most of the listing is sample data, the actual filter
code
consists of five lines of Ruby.

The important thing to remember about Ruby is that actually writing code
is
so efficient that it is hard to justify applying a predefined package to
some of the simpler processing tasks.

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