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What is the best language for data scraping?

 
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What is the best language for data scraping?
 
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That depends on a lot of factors concerning your use case that we know nothing about. I like the Java library HtmlUnit.
 
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I used to use something in Perl, but that was so long ago I forget. Mostly these days I use Python and BeautifulSoup, although I think there's an HTML extractor in my ETL toolkit.
 
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I've used jsoup several years ago, so you can check this out too.

[edit] It seems I misread question. Question asks what is the best language. I don't know that. The library I suggested is Java library.
 
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