Flex runs in Flash and does not have access to the HTML DOM, so if you are trying to get your data that way, it won't help. Flex can call web services and process the XML or JSON data returned from those services.
Thanks for your reply.
So if I get this right, I would need to have read access to the database behind the website?
Jurgen, you are putting yourself out on a limb by proposing Flex as a tool for web-scraping. It has no specific features for that purpose and several drawbacks in comparison with a dedicated tool.
The fact is that I would love to integrate Flex here at the office.. And I could use it for several different jobs here, but I need a good reason to introduce it, and since we are working on this now, I thought it might be a good option to get Flex integrated here.
Thanks for your replies though!
Better to propose it for a purpose to which it is suited, than for a purpose for which it is not particularly capable.
Try using the trial to do some screen-scraping (or anything else) and see how you get on.
No. Read-access won't help. What is required is that there is a webservice available for your use.
For example, you can go to Yahoo and view stock quotes via the Yahoo finance page. And yes, you can screen-scrape it, but Yahoo also provides a webservice to access the quotes directly. Flex is designed to make calls to those webservices and display the data. IIRC, the terms and conditions of many websites discourage or disallow screen-scraping.
the terms and conditions of many websites discourage or disallow screen-scraping.