Alert me, please!
January 13, 2014 8:39 AM Subscribe
I (well, actually Mrs. jferg) have a website that I need to log into on a regular basis (form-based authentication), check a given page for updates, and possibly perform an action if that update meets certain criteria. The website does not feature a push-type notification (no e-mail, text messaging, or anything else), and I am just a consumer of the site. I would like to have the checking of the site happen in an automated manner (every 10 minutes or something), and send an alert to a mobile device (ideally iPhone, but Android is a possibility). For bonus points this alert could be able to be responded to to trigger the monitor to take appropriate action, but that's a pony feature. What tools are there out there to do this?
posted by jferg to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I could code something up in Java or perl (or shell+curl/wget) without a ton of effort (I may end up using this as en excuse to pick up Android development again), and use something like prowl/growl (or just text messages) to get the alerts to the iPhone, but I'm really hoping there is something like IFTTT but more complex (and able to monitor arbitrary websites).
The main piece is that the site requires a login, and so whatever site scraper I use has to be smart enough to establish a session, hold on to a session cookie, and pass that session cookie on subsequent requests. (Security of the username/password is not a big concern, so if there's a cloud-based solution that can help me, that's OK.)
I have a hosting account at my disposal, but no virtual server that is conveniently usable, so something that can run on one of my (Windows) desktops at home is probably good enough/ideal for this purpose.