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Tryin' to make a semi-complex program, input desired
Alright! So, here's the deal. About a week ago in Critical Failures I made a wild claim that I was working on some program to replace this dumb guy who everybody loves.
They think he's great because he can count votes in Phalla. Like, super good. The man is essentially a machine.
However, I made this claim that I was working on a vote counting program so that I could hang that over his head, to show the capabilities of a real algorithm! Unfortunately, I'm stumped.
I have no clue as to what coding language would be best suited for this project. PHP with XML? Java? I didn't even consider those, and I've already begun testing some things out using ASP.NET with VB.NET for the sake of laziness.
Basically all this is for naught without two questions being answered:
1.) How do I make a program that allows the user to enter the URL they want scanned for votes?
2.) Is this even kosher for the forum? It's been pulled off before by making a program that scanned a singular thread for pictures and downloaded them, but that was a while ago.
Essentially I'm looking for some insight on either what language I should be going for if this sort of thing isn't possible using ASP.NET, or if I'm on the right track, some guidance with using Google's API service would greatly appreciated.
Thanks for anybody takin' the time to look at this. I'm scourin' around lookin' for some good tutorials, templates, and other things that can get me started on this project and I'm makin' a small bit of headway, just not enough to really tell if MrBlarney's days are numbered.