XML processing and website scraping in Java
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XML processing and website scraping in Java

How to use JSoup and XMLBeam in practice

About the Book

This book is about XML and HTML processing in the Java world.

First I tell you how I got to this topic and how I learned about XMLBeam and JSoup.

This book is practical: I have a lot of sample code in it and you can use it as a tutorial for XMLBeam and JSoup. However the documentation of those two frameworks should be read too.

I talk in this book about XML converting on the Google App Engine (to PDF, RTF, DocX, HTML), create a website scraper with JSoup and XMLBeam to compare the performance of them both.

And at the end I show how you can customize the toString option of both frameworks.

About the Author

Gábor László Hajba
Gábor László Hajba

Gábor László Hajba, a seasoned Senior Software Developer at ProLion GmbH in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, brings a wealth of expertise in Java and Python to his role. His primary responsibility involves crafting innovative solutions while also imparting valuable knowledge to his colleagues, ensuring they excel in their respective roles.

A testament to his proficiency, Gábor's book "Website Scraping with Python - Using BeautifulSoup and Scrapy" was published by Apress in 2018. This publication had its humble beginnings as a LeanPub book in 2014, reflecting his passion for sharing insights and empowering fellow developers.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Gábor finds immense joy in his personal life. He cherishes his role as a devoted husband and a proud father to a delightful little girl and an exuberant young boy. Additionally, he nurtures a keen interest in music and aspires to become a proficient bass player, demonstrating his relentless pursuit of growth and fulfillment.

Gábor's multifaceted journey showcases his dedication to both his craft and his loved ones, embodying the spirit of a well-rounded individual who excels in various domains.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • What took me the most time?
    • Acknowledgement
  • XML Processing and the Google App Engine
    • Why GAE?
    • Getting the data
    • XML to HTML
    • XML to PDF
    • XML to RTF
    • XML to “.*X”
    • Exporting the files in GAE
  • XML Processing Advanced
    • XML Extractor – my version of solving the problem (brute force)
    • Beam me up, Sven
    • Conclusion
  • XML processing when memory matters
    • SAX
    • StAX
    • JAXB
    • Code
    • Conclusion
  • Website scraping with JSoup and XMLBeam
    • Introduction of the task
    • XMLBeam
    • JSoup
    • Comparison of runtime
    • Conclusion
  • Runtime comparison advanced
    • Visualizing the data
    • No network I/O – caching the sites in the memory
    • No file I/O – parse the sites only
    • One more performance tweak
    • Conclusion
  • Upgrade to Java 8
    • New features in Java 8
    • Using parallel streams
    • Making the data preparation faster
    • Parallelizing the content scraping
  • Using other XPath engines with XMLBeam
    • Xalan
    • Saxon
    • Conclusion
  • Custom printing for HTML with JSoup
    • Prettier printing
    • Conclusion and source code
  • Printing XMLBeam projections
    • Java 6 or 7
    • Java 8
    • Java 8 revisited
    • Source code
  • Wrap-up
  • Notes

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