Question: Automating Web Server Queries when no Local Executable Available
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12 months ago by
ar19yf6010
ar19yf6010 wrote:

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to make a large number of queries to some web server, and no local executable has been made available, is there a common way to circumvent this?

Answering my own question: a few python libraries exist for this sort of thing, two examples are scrapy and mechanize.

ADD COMMENTlink modified 12 months ago • written 12 months ago by ar19yf6010
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Be a good citizen when doing this. Many bioinformatics (related) sites have norms published about how many queries you are allowed to do per unit time using programmatic means.

ADD REPLYlink modified 12 months ago • written 12 months ago by genomax39k

You are rather vague about which web server(s) you want to query, but for some applications it's also possible to download the database for offline use.

ADD REPLYlink modified 12 months ago • written 12 months ago by WouterDeCoster24k
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