[Web-SIG] Python version of WWW::Mechanize
John J Lee
jjl at pobox.com
Thu Nov 27 08:37:21 EST 2003
On Wed, 26 Nov 2003, Simon Willison wrote:
> Perl's WWW::Mechanize module is awesome:
> my $agent = WWW::Mechanize->new();
> $agent->follow("My Diary");
> $agent->field("email", $email);
Something like this would certainly be useful. I've not done it because I
think it would be nice to have it know about standard browser objects like
frames, windows &c. OTOH, it would be quick & easy to write something
like the above, and maybe provide a lot of the benefit -- especially the
follow_link and forward / back methods, plus handling of the Referer
header. What interface did you have in mind for forms?
Something like this would be useful as a base class (which uses the code
in ClientCookie -- ie. HTTPCookieProcessor &c):
BTW, there's another Perl module like this, WWW::Automate.
> Would something like this be a worthwhile consideration for the Python
> web modules in the standard library, or is it specialised to the point
> that it works better as a separately maintained module?
I think, like any new stuff added to the library, it should be written and
in use before this question really arises.
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