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- Access to a Linux shell prompt
- A Google account
The Google account can also be replaced by Excel, Open Office or any other decent spreadsheet. I wanted to try the Google Docs so I used that here.
Step 1: Finding the data
In the Explore-menu on the site there's a entry called Most recent that shows all instructables in groups of 15. The URL for that page looks like this: http://www.instructables.com/tag/type:instructable/?sort=RECENT . After clicking on one of the numbered pages at the bottom the string "&offset=15" is added to end of the URL.
On each of the 15 entries on the pages there are a line that displays the author and the date of that particular instructable. "posted by Parker955 on Aug 4, 2007"
So we now know the URL for getting the data that we want to use and we also have a string to search to extract the data from the page.