jscrape

jsdom + request + jquery for the truly lazy

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jscrape = jsdom + jquery + request for the truly lazy

Install

npm install jscrape

Be lazy

Use the same way you'd use request, passing a url or request-options as the first param, and a function(err, $, response, body) callback, where $ is the jQuery object for the parsed page:

var jscrape = require ( './index' );
jscrape ( 'http://www.google.com', function ( error, $, response, body ) {
    if ( !error && $ ) {
        // print the innerHTML of the lucky button.
        console.log( $( 'button:contains("Lucky")' ).html () )
    }
})

Or just use a function(err, $)-style callback:

var jscrape = require ( "./index" );
function getNews ( callback ) {
    jscrape ( 'http://news.ycombinator.com/', function ( err, $ ) {
        // jquery to the rescue
        callback ( err, $ && $( 'span[id^=score]' ).map ( function () {
            var link;
            // some nested tables are better than others
            return {
                id      : num ( $( this ).attr ( 'id' ) ),
                url     : ( link = $( this ).closest ( 'tr' ).prev ( 'tr' ).find ( 'td.title a' ) )
                            .attr ( 'href' ),
                title   : link.text (),
                score   : num ( $( this ).text () )
            }
        }).get () )
    })
    function num ( str ) {
        return Number ( String ( str ).replace ( /[^0-9]+/g, '' ) )
    }
}
getNews ( function ( err, news ) {
    console.log ( err, news );
})

When passing an object as the first param it's passed through directly to request. Instead, when passing in just a url string, its wrapped in a request options object that has some sensible defaults for a simple scraping setup, so you can be lazy. Enjoy!

Workaround for npm trouble with contextify on windows

If you can't npm install jscrape because of contextify failing to build on windows, clone the contextify repo under your_project/node_modules/contextify and replace the contents of lib/contextify.js with the following:

module.exports = function ( obj ) {
    obj.getGlobal = function () {
        return obj;
    }
};

That should work just fine.

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