Developer Shed Publishes Article on "Web Mining" with Perl
Developer Shed has published an article on constructing a special-purpose web client in Perl that does things like automatic link or data extraction. The article refers to this type of programming as web mining. It's not a bad way to describe it because more people will probably understand the concept by calling it web mining than by referring to it as web client building.
The article focuses on describing the Perl modules that can be used to build this type of program quickly. It is light on describing the unethical uses of the technology, like email address harvesters used by spammers.
This is the first mention of Developer Shed on CTDATA.com, although they've been around almost as long as has this web site. The site looks like a good reference for server side and client side programming. We will be taking more of a look at it in the near future. You can visit Developer Shed at http://www.devshed.com/.