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Thread: Website content extractor

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    Default Website content extractor

    I have been trying to get a running program to display text from a site that is mainly text, in this case hackaday.com. I just can't find the right methods. Can anyone get it working AND explain it to me?

    import javax.swing.JLabel;
    import java.io.BufferedReader;
    import java.io.InputStreamReader;
    import java.net.URL;
    import javax.swing.JFrame;
    public class SeeWebsite
    {
    public static void main(String[] argv) throws Exception
    {
    URL url = new URL("http://www.hackaday.com");
    System.out.println(url.toExternalForm());
    }
    }


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    Default Re: Website content extractor

    What is printed out when you execute your program?
    Why do you expect your code to get the contents of the html file from the server?
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    All it prints is "http://www.hackaday.com".

    I don't. Not yet. That's why I posted here. Also, I'd like to be able to view the text as the browser shows it, not html.

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    One way would be to use the HttpURLConnection class to connect to a server and read what the server returns. That would be the html.
    If you want a browser-like display (simple html only) use the JEditorPane class.
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    Default Re: Website content extractor

    Yes, but how would i convert between the HTML and plain text like would be shown in a browser?

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    Are you asking how to parse an html page and extract text into Strings? I think there are third party packages that do some of that. Try asking Google.
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