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    Is PHP the language I need?

    I need to write a script that will analyze the source code of a shopping website and determine whether a product is in stock or out of stock. I would need the code to be able to integrate with my website so that it can display whether the item is in stock or not. I would also like to be able to have it send me an email when something that is out of stock becomes in stock.

    What language(s) do I need to start to learn. I have taken a class on C and I know decent HTML and CSS. What would be easiest for me to learn?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Find out if that shopping website offers an api that allows you to query information about products.

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    PHP should do the job. Infact to be honest, any language that can pull a webpage will do it. The thing is though, PHP is passive in the fact that it only does anything (by default) when you activate it via a http request. Other languages will compile a program that 'runs' constantly. You can do this with php too but webservers (especially shared servers) don't typically allow a user to do this. You could however use a cron job to trigger a script every few minutes.
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