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Instant Simple Botting with PHP by Shay Michael Anderson

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Top 5 features you need to know about

Now that we have a working web bot, we can start looking at other features that can be added to our bot to improve its productivity and allow our bot to keep working successfully. In this section, I am going to cover the top five bot features:

  • Bot tracing (debug logging)
  • Parsing bot data
  • Storing parsed bot data
  • Bot stealth
  • Other advanced features (includes link handling)

Even though we have a functional bot, it doesn't mean we should stop there. Sure, our bot can go out and grab data using simple parsing techniques, however, in real-world projects we are going to want our bot to easily parse data, store the data, and continue to successfully harvest the data. But many times harvesting data can be problematic, since ...

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