2016-04-12 Update: Removed link to script. This will be added to a repo.
I like to grab information from a terminal instead of opening a browser and waiting on “long” load times. Scrapping data into a terminal allows for additional, automated processing to occur on the results which can lead to interesting creations beyond the original author’s idea. During a break from playing Underworld Dreams, I found myself checking different status pages to keep up with activity. Instead of relying on auto-opening a browser tab, I decided to whip up a little Perl script (right-click and save) and take the time to learn the basics of LWP. It should work in both Windows and Linux, but I am sure it can be improved upon. If you wish to use it in Windows, be sure to use ActiveState’s ActivePerl.
Below is the help syntax:
Usage: udgrep [options] Options: -w -- Extract the current WHO list -n -- Extract the recent news -c -- List all active clans -h -- Retrieve help information -l -- Retrieve an active poll list -s -- Retrieve stats page -d -- Retrieve dev pages -p -- Lookup a specific player
Here is a little Perl script for accessing Underworld Dreams’ statistics, udgrep.pl.