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Which proxy is more suitable for integrating with JavaScript to crawl Booking web pages
by lina
2024-01-24

With the development of the Internet, more and more people choose to book travel accommodation online, and Booking, as the world's largest online hotel booking platform, has naturally become one of people's preferred websites. 


However, for some developers who want to crawl information from Booking web pages, how to integrate crawling with JavaScript has become an important issue. In this article, we will explore which proxy is better suited for integrating with JavaScript to crawl Booking web pages.


First, we need to understand what an agent is. A proxy is a server that acts as a middleman between the client and the target server, receiving the client's request and forwarding it to the target server. 


When crawling web pages, the proxy can hide the user's real IP address to prevent it from being blocked by the target server, and can also speed up the crawling process.


When integrating with JavaScript to crawl Booking web pages, there are two most commonly used proxies: HTTP proxy and headless browser.


HTTP proxy is the simplest and most commonly used proxy method. It can hide the user's real IP address by setting HTTP request headers, and can change the IP address by setting a proxy pool to avoid being blocked by the target server.


In addition, the HTTP proxy can also set the request delay and concurrency number to improve crawling efficiency. However, you may encounter some problems when using an HTTP proxy to crawl Booking web pages. 


First of all, the content of the Booking web page is dynamically loaded through JavaScript, while the HTTP proxy can only crawl static content, so complete page information cannot be obtained.


Secondly, since the HTTP proxy simply forwards the request and cannot handle the JavaScript code, it cannot perform the JavaScript operations on the page and thus cannot obtain the complete data.


In contrast, headless browsers can solve the above problems. A headless browser is a browser without a graphical user interface that can simulate a real browser environment, execute JavaScript code on the page, and obtain complete page information. 


Therefore, using a headless browser to crawl the Booking web page can obtain more accurate and complete data. In addition, the headless browser can also set the request delay and concurrency number to improve crawling efficiency.


However, headless browsers also have some disadvantages compared to HTTP proxies. First of all, running a headless browser consumes more resources, which may lead to slower crawling speeds. Secondly, headless browsers may be recognized by the target server and take anti-crawler measures, resulting in crawling failure.


In summary, although headless browsers can obtain more accurate and complete data, HTTP proxies are more suitable when integrated with JavaScript to capture Booking web pages. 


Because the HTTP proxy can change the IP address by setting up a proxy pool to avoid being blocked by the target server, and can set the request delay and concurrency number to improve the crawling efficiency.


If you need to obtain complete page information, consider using a headless browser. The best solution is to combine the two, using an HTTP proxy to crawl static content and a headless browser to execute JavaScript code to get the most complete data.


In general, when integrating with JavaScript to crawl Booking web pages, the choice of proxy depends on the specific crawling needs and the anti-crawler measures of the target server. Developers can choose the most appropriate method to capture data based on the actual situation.



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