Forum: Ruby on Rails fill out external form ?

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B3653be9e4a04d53d75261136496048a?d=identicon&s=25 Hector Matrix (matrixon)
on 2007-05-09 16:41
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
8d1e089fd6a6703f5f13dbee271aa77c?d=identicon&s=25 Yuri Leikind (Guest)
on 2007-05-09 16:46
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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 Matrix <> wrote:
Best regards,
Yuri Leikind
B3653be9e4a04d53d75261136496048a?d=identicon&s=25 Hector Matrix (matrixon)
on 2007-05-09 17:28
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.
8310c5a7c769345114597bcdef111488?d=identicon&s=25 Ben Munat (Guest)
on 2007-05-09 20:57
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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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