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Radha Bhambwani
Radha Bhambwani
10,182 Points

node js and mongodb

I'm new to node js and mongodb. Just testing out some ideas so I am trying to create a web scraper that adds data to a database in mongodb. I have a script that connects to mongodb and dynamically adds data to a database through a node js script. The script runs without any errors, but when I fire up the mongo shell to and run db.posts.find(), I get 0 records. Here's my script:

var MongoClient = require('mongodb').MongoClient;

//requiring the module so we can access them later on
var request = require("request");
var cheerio = require("cheerio");

MongoClient.connect('mongodb://', function (err, db) {
    if (err) {
        throw err;
    else {
        console.log("successfully connected to the database");

        //define url to download 
        var url = "http://www.nyxcosmetics.ca/en_CA/highlight-contour";

        var prodList = [];
        var priceList = [];
        var products = [];

        request(url, function(error, response, body) {
            if(!error) {

                //load page into cheerio
                var $ = cheerio.load(body);

                $(".product_tile_wrapper").each(function(i, elem) {
                    prodList[i] = $(this).find($(".product_name")).attr("title");
                    priceList[i] = $(this).find($(".product_price")).attr("data-pricevalue");
                prodList.join(', ');

                for(var i = 0; i < prodList.length; i++) {
                    var prod = {
                        name: prodList[i], 
                        price: priceList[i]


                //insert the prods into the database
                //in the 'posts' collection
                var collection = db.collection('posts');
                console.log("products inserted into posts collection");

                //Locate all the entries using find
                collection.find().toArray(function(err, results) {

            } else {
                console.log("We've encountered an error!")

Jesus Mendoza
Jesus Mendoza
23,288 Points

I have never tried web scrappling beforfe but I think you are using the wrong selectors to find the product_name and product_price. Why are you using a dot in front? Is the data comming in a json file right?

Radha Bhambwani
Radha Bhambwani
10,182 Points

The data is not in JSON format, its in html. product_name and product_price are classes inside inside the html of the url, hence the dot usage.