[Rd] Retrieving data from aspx pages

R. Michael Weylandt michael.weylandt at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 10:44:03 CET 2012

Hi Jose,

I think this is more of an r-help question so I'm going to forward
your question there: R-devel is really for the development of R
itself, not development with R.


On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM, jose ramon mazaira <jramaza at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi. I'm trying to write an application to retrieve financial data
> (specially bonds data) from FINRA. The web page is served dynamically
> from an asp.net application:
> http://cxa.gtm.idmanagedsolutions.com/finra/BondCenter/AdvancedScreener.aspx
> I'd like to know if it's possible to fill dynamically the web page
> form from R and, after filling it (with the issuer name), retrieve the
> web page, parse the data, and covert it to appropiate R objects.
> For example, suppose I want to search data for AT&T bonds. I'd like to
> know if it's possible, within R, to fill the page served from:
> http://cxa.gtm.idmanagedsolutions.com/finra/BondCenter/AdvancedScreener.aspx
> select the "corporate" option and fill with AT&T the field for "Issuer
> name", ask the page to display the results, and retrieve the results
> for each of the bonds issued by AT&T (for example:
> http://cxa.gtm.idmanagedsolutions.com/finra/BondCenter/BondDetail.aspx?ID=MDAxOTU3Qko3)
> and parsing the data from the web page.
> Thanks in advance.
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