May 26, 2018

Get the titles of things on the web in a sensible way

Let’s suppose you want to find the title of things on the web. This seems like a really simple request, just get the object, parse for a title tag, you’re done. There are several problems with this approach

  • What if the resource is on a very slow server? Do we wait for ever or what?

  • What if the resource is a 900 gig file? You don’t want to download that.

  • What if the page title isn’t in a title tag, but is buried in the HTML somewhere?

  • What if the resource is an MP3 file, or a word document or something?

This module attempts to solve this problem.

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