[Rd] Retrieving data from aspx pages

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 11:04:52 CET 2012

On Oct 30, 2012, at 10:44 , R. Michael Weylandt wrote:

> 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.

Er, no! 

R help is (mainly) for helping beginners. We usually put the dividing line where the answers would become incomprehensible to many of the list readers. So compiler issues and internal C code is off-limits there, but I'd say that so is HTML and ASP. So unless there happens to be a precooked package that fits the query exactly, I'd say that it belongs here.

To wit:

"This list is intended for questions and discussion about code development in R. Questions likely to prompt discussion unintelligible to non-programmers or topics that are too technical for R-help's audience should go to R-devel, see the posting guide section."

> Cheers,
> Michael
> 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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