Installing and configuring virtual ubuntu server using Vagrant

What is Vagrant? Vagrant is free and open-source software. It is used for creating and using virtual development environments. Vagrant is a wrapper between VirtualBox (or other virtualization software) and configuration management. Why do we need it? Usually, each developer in team has own development environment, which configured for his needs.¬†But this may become troublesome. The same web application may work as expected¬†in one environment,…

BTC-e Trading Bot Written in PHP

Nowadays, the popularity of bitcoin (BTC) is increasing tremendously, there are quite a few BTC excahge sites on the web. After experiencing certain difficulties with MtGox, people started looking for alternatives, and one of them was a Russian exchange https://btc-e.com These days when bitcoin increased like 10 times in two weeks, people started actively looking for automated trading solutions. I’ve been trying to find a…

PHP Website Scraping using Chrome Web Driver

Sometimes it happens that there is a complex website that is can’t be parsed with so called “regular” cURL + DOM xpath technique. People tend to protect their data with Javascript techniques, nowadays there are pure-Javascript sites popular, and, as you know, one can’t interpret JS using PHP or any other language you’re using for scraping (unless you scrape with nodejs, but I haven’t tried…

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