Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Scraper—a program to instantly convert a static website to a dynamic website
by Sheth, Hemil M., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 71; 1481772
Abstract (Summary)

Internet evolved with Web 1.0., as a method to transmit information to the people. As years passed, it became a resource to offer information as well. Soon the era of Web 1.0 ended which gave birth to Web 2.0 with modern rich Internet applications. The transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 was the latest development since the use of modern website was not only to store information but also to gather and dynamically interact with people.

The focus of this thesis is to create dynamic website in Joomla Content Management System (CMS) from static HTML pages by using a Scraper program that will parse the entire website and generate a SQL file. The main stakeholders will be the corporate websites, portals, organizations, institutions, companies, et cetera. One can promptly switch from static web pages to dynamic web pages (Web 2.0) which help in managing, storing, revising, publishing and controlling HTML content with its user-friendly interface. One can even access this Joomla! website from any remote computer. The algorithm used in this creation is slightly complex but straightforward in its implementation.

The Scraper is implemented using PHP functions and regular expressions. The output generated is a SQL file, which contains several insert statements. Thus, the dynamic Joomla! website is generated by importing this SQL file into Joomla!'s database.

The thesis compares the manual way of website conversion and the implementation using Scraper to generate a dynamic Joomla! website. The comparison explains the benefits of using the Scraper. The thesis also focuses on the security issues in the Joomla! website. The conclusion includes the future developments to make this tool more accessible to the users.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Englert, Burkhard
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Web Studies, Computer science
Publication Number: 1481772
ISBN: 9781109670080
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