I'm trying to create a rails app that fetches album scores from PitchforkMedia.com
For example, I want to grab the score 8.0 from this album as shown below in the image.
In my brief research, I came across a similar question asked from asp.net point of view.
Generally, the answers suggested
Some answers came with use of built in asp.net functions.
Are there equivalent functions available in Ruby or Ruby on Rails?
Or can someone suggest some other way doing what I want to do?
Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thank you.
Edit 1: This is completely for personal use and education. Assume that there is no legal ramification for data mining from websites.
I would use Mechanize to scrape the content that you are interested in. Ryan Bates has a great screencast on how to use Mechanize.
"Any reproduction, copying or redistribution of the Materials or design elements of the Website for any purpose are strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Pitchfork or its owner if Pitchfork is not the owner."
Screen scraping definitely falls in this category.