Mechanize & field name for search passed as string


#1

Hi,

I am writing a method to perform a similar to the below mentionned
google search but i want it to accept the field’s name for the search
entry as a string.

In the following example from the Mechanize docs I would expect it to be
search.send(‘q’) instead of search.q but I get this error

./scrapingGoogle.rb:14: syntax error, unexpected ‘=’, expecting kEND
search.send(‘q’) = ‘Hello world’.

Thanks for your comments


a = WWW::Mechanize.new { |agent|
agent.user_agent_alias = ‘Mac Safari’
}

a.get(‘http://google.com/’) do |page|
search_result = page.form_with(:name => ‘f’) do |search|
search.q = ‘Hello world’
end.submit

search_result.links.each do |link|
  puts link.text
end

end


#2

On 21.01.2009, at 05:46, Edouard D. wrote:

I am writing a method to perform a similar to the below mentionned
google search but i want it to accept the field’s name for the search
entry as a string.

In the following example from the Mechanize docs I would expect it
to be
search.send(‘q’) instead of search.q but I get this error

In the example the method which is called is not q(). It’s q=(), so
if you want so send() then use the right method.

./scrapingGoogle.rb:14: syntax error, unexpected ‘=’, expecting kEND
search.send(‘q’) = ‘Hello world’.

search.send(‘q=’, ‘Hello World’) or by symbol
search.send(:q=, ‘Hello World’)

regards, Sandor
Szücs