[erlang-questions] Rant: I hate parsing XML with Erlang

Joe Armstrong <>
Tue Oct 23 22:01:35 CEST 2007


The point is (or was) that firefox has code to parse virtally any kind of broken
warped incomprehensable html - letting firefox figure out the "meaning" of
deeply crippled and totally incomprehensible html and then scanning the result
(the generated DOM) seems a lot easier than figuring out how to parse
crippled HTML yourself - using other stuff as components to do what they are
good at doesn't seem that crazy to me.

/Joe



On 10/23/07, Joel Reymont <> wrote:
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> On Oct 23, 2007, at 4:09 PM, Joe Armstrong wrote:
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> > You could then use Erlang as a coordination language controlling
> > a load of firefoxes on different machines, telling them to go get
> > pages and
> > scrape the pages for data which they send back to Erlang.
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> This is nuts!!! /With all due respect to Joe/
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