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Old 11-11-2014, 06:09 PM   #1
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I wrote a little tool to scrape the site. It's primitive and might not work, but it worked for me (so far).

What it does is put the data on the policy results pages into a CSV file so you can have it in a spreadsheet.

For me, everything I analyze goes in a spreadsheet, and I didn't want to transcribe the details.
I know, I know, it took me longer to write the tool than it would have taken to just transcribe. Leave me alone...I had fun doing it

It's a Windows executable. Technically it's an executable jar file, wrapped as an exe file. I used "jar2exe".

Of course, your mom said never to download exe files, so, yeah, maybe nobody else will use it, but it's there for the taking.

Demo: Parser Html to CSV - YouTube

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Old 11-11-2014, 07:10 PM   #2
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Nice work. In my limited exploration of the health plan site so far, the "compare" functionality was an obvious weak point. Your tool could be a real time saver.
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