fill out external form ?

Hi,

Now if I understand you correctly what you've described here is a
simple HTTP transaction which can be performed by pretty much every
modern programming tool out there. What do you need Rails for here?

Cheers,
Yury

Yuri's point was that Rails is a framework for building database-backed web applications. You probably just need a command-line script... er, unless maybe you wanted to make your own web page that called the other web page but didn't have the ads... yeah, I can see that.

Anyway, what you need is a web scraping tool. Popular tools I've heard of (but have not used) are scrubyt (http://scrubyt.org) and hpricot (http://code.whytheluckystiff.net/hpricot/)

You might also do some googling for a Ruby SMS library (uh, like ruby-sms: http://raa.ruby-lang.org/project/ruby-sms/) and just do the SMS work yourself... then you don't have the overhead of scraping the SMS website and you're not dependent on them being up.

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