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Re: Crawling Flash web pages

by Arbogast (Monk)
on Dec 28, 2003 at 06:15 UTC ( #317283=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Crawling Flash web pages

I don't have a good On Topic Perl answer. :(

I haven't looked at the site thoroughly. The problem you might run into with Flash, is that it can be doing things more advanced than ordinary web pages. Many of the features are well beyond regular HTML.

My guess would be that you would be better off getting a good SWF decompiler and then studying the code. Maybe I am overlooking something, but I think it would be very difficult to extract all the various getURLs, loadVars, streaming multimedia and such with Perl. A SWF decomplier should make it obvious what is going on under the hood.

Once you sorted out the ActionScript, Perl could be a good way to download some or all of the content.

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Re: Re: Crawling Flash web pages
by drake50 (Pilgrim) on Dec 28, 2003 at 07:18 UTC
    I was really hoping I had missed an easy answer. I think we can expect to see more and more sites to push the boundries in order to make their sites looks as much like tv comercials as possible. Of course they'll just assume that only people will "need" to understand them.

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