Last week I was working on my scrapper for getting Imdb Celebrity data for some specific purpose. Then, I searched for some available plugin or gem for the same. More surprisingly I was not able to find something what I’m looking for. Then, one idea stuck in my mind, why not create one of my own. Then I started working on this small rubygem named “imdb_celebrity”. You can see the public repository of the gem on github imdb celebrity. Also gem is hosted on GemCutter as well.
Imdb_celebrity is a ruby-gem which is used for scrapping celebrity pages from www.imdb.com . You can install imdb_celebrity as
gem install imdb_celebrity
With current initial release we can search a celebrity with name or we can fetch content for a celebrity with given IMDB id or/and name, by specifying which parser we want to use. Right now we support Hpricot and Nokogiri as parser classes.
** searching a celebrity
imdb_celebs = ImdbCelebrity::Search.new(“Brad Pitt”) imdb_celebs.celebrities
# this will return array of celebrity objects.
Also you can define the ParserClass which u wanna use [ right now you have choice of using either Nokogiri or Hpricot], as
imdb_celebs = ImdbCelebrity::Search.new(“Brad Pitt”, “NokogiriParser”)
#by default it will be HpricotParser imdb_celebs.celebrities
** Fetching data for celebrity celeb = ImdbCelebrity::Celebrity.new(“0000093”, “brad pitt”) # give 7 digit imdbid number
=> it will give you the type of parser class it using
=> will give you the public methods of ImdbCelebrity::Celebrity class only
celeb.to_s => will return an array of celebrity data items containing name, real_name, biography, nationality, height, url.
* Hpricot gem should be installed.
* Nokogiri gem should be installed.