I want to aggregate resumes from different job boards online. Something like TalentHook.com.
As far as I'm aware, the aggregators need bespoke software configured to each "donor" site to extract the data from the web pages. This is known as "screen scraping" and is expensive. it also requires an agreement by the "donors" to pay a sub-agency free for every customer introduced. Otherwise The exercise does not make commercial sense.
The insurance industry, where aggregation is rife, has largely moved on frrom the "screen scraping" approach, to, by agreement, taking a feed directly from the system supplier, in a three way arrangement.
Thanks jedaisoul ...I've done some research and it looks like I will need to use Perl to create such a software. Software development is not my strong point.
I do not want to dampen your enthusiasm, but writing aggregator software is a complex task. However, sixteen years ago, with little practical experience, I started writing a work management application. It grew and flourished with the company who used it. Indeed they continued to use it until last year. So it can be done.
As for using Perl, I suspect that PHP would suffice. It integrates with HTML, CSS and SQL, and I find it easy to pick up. I have no experience of Perl, so cannot comment on that language. Whatever language you use you will need to understand the concepts of database design. That is an art form in in its own right!
Jedaisoul ...what would be your suggestion as far as a route to go with the programming language? I'm working on the requirements and want to know what you think would be a "best practice" when it comes to the language used. This software is to run on a server and be used through a website 100% of the time.