Programming Bots, Spiders, and Intelligent Agents in Microsoft Visual C++ showcases the basics of creating autonomous Internet programs such as bots and agents. Besides offering an introduction to writing "intelligent" software, this book provides excellent background material on Internet programming in general.
The first part of the book examines the differences between simple bots (such as Web crawlers) and more advanced, intelligent agents (which communicate more directly with users). The author discusses security and access issues for creating well-behaved bots that Webmasters will find more acceptable.
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