[Rd] Retrieving data from aspx pages

From: jose ramon mazaira <jramaza_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:11:44 +0100


Hi. I'm trying to write an application to retrieve financial data (specially bonds data) from FINRA. The web page is served dynamically from an asp.net application:

http://cxa.gtm.idmanagedsolutions.com/finra/BondCenter/AdvancedScreener.aspx

I'd like to know if it's possible to fill dynamically the web page form from R and, after filling it (with the issuer name), retrieve the web page, parse the data, and covert it to appropiate R objects. For example, suppose I want to search data for AT&T bonds. I'd like to know if it's possible, within R, to fill the page served from:

http://cxa.gtm.idmanagedsolutions.com/finra/BondCenter/AdvancedScreener.aspx

select the "corporate" option and fill with AT&T the field for "Issuer name", ask the page to display the results, and retrieve the results for each of the bonds issued by AT&T (for example:

http://cxa.gtm.idmanagedsolutions.com/finra/BondCenter/BondDetail.aspx?ID=MDAxOTU3Qko3)

and parsing the data from the web page.

Thanks in advance.



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