What language to write a multi-search utility in?
April 4, 2011 9:06 AM Subscribe
I want to write a tool for multiple-searching a site that only supports single-searches. What's the best implementation language?
posted by Four Flavors to technology (7 answers total)
The site I want to search is an aggregator of online stores. Each search searches all their affiliated stores and lists which stores carry your desired product, including quantity and price, but only for 1 item. I want to be able to search for multiple items and see a result that lists which store has how many of each of the items I searched for, so that I can hopefully buy all of them from 1 store and save on shipping.
My question is: what is the best tool for doing this task (on windows)? I have a programming background, but little exposure to web scripting. I'd like this to run locally and not require a web server. I don't need a fancy UI, just a data grid would be fine. I don't mind learning a new language to do this.
I have access to VS.NET, in case that's one of the better options.
I know that there are probably many tools that allow one to do this sort of thing. If you can mention why you think any given one is a good selection that'd help.
If anyone is interested I can post the site. I hunted around and couldn't find an existing script for it.
I'm not planning on making the script publicly available, and my searches would be at most 20 items, so I'm not concerned that the site will find my usage objectionable, assuming that I code it well.