The Best Books for Learning to Build Bots

Learn to write Bots Books

HTTP Programming Recipes C# Bots

HTTP Programming for c# Bots
HTTP Programming for c# Bots

This book presents a collection of very reusable recipes for C# bot programming. This book covers many topics related to C# HTTP programming.

Both secure and insecure HTTP communications are covered, as well as HTTP authentication.

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

This is an excellent book for beginners to bot making with Python. It very quickly takes you from starting out to actually creating useful and practical applications that can be used on a day to day basis in the real world. It is very well written with clearly explained text and an excellent index.

Programming Betfair Creating a Trading Bot : A Guide to Creating Sports Trading Applications with API-NG

Programming for Betfair A Guide to Creating Sports Trading Applications with API-NG
Programming for Betfair A Guide to Creating Sports Trading Applications with API-NG

If you have a desire build your own application using the new Betfair API-NG then this book is a great place to start your journey.

Over 170 pages help guide you through the learning process. Each chapter contains code snippets that combine to create a complete application and you can re-use them to build your own bespoke application.

This book explains step by step how to build a full blown bot for trading horse races using Visual Basic. The explanation is not restricted to the API but also how to design a Visual Basic windows form.

Webbots, Spiders and Screenscrapers

Webbots, Spiders and Screenscrapers
Webbots, Spiders and Screenscrapers

Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers will show you how to create simple programs with PHP/CURL to mine, parse, and archive online data to help you make informed decisions.

The author, Michael Schrenk, a highly regarded webbot developer, teaches you how to develop fault-tolerant designs, how best to launch and schedule the work of your bots, and how to create Internet agents that:

  • Send email or SMS notifications to alert you to new information quickly
  • Search different data sources and combine the results on one page, making the data easier to interpret and analyze
  • Automate purchases, auction bids, and other online activities to save time
  • Sample projects for automating tasks like price monitoring and news aggregation will show you how to put the concepts you learn into practice.

This is the second edition of a very popular 2008 book helping you on your journey of learning to build bots, but as PHP and Curl are less popular these days for bot creation it is less relevant than it once was, but still great for a beginner learning to code their own automated applications.

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