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Zach Leatherman

spider-pig Searches for Nodes that match a CSS Selector

January 18, 2018

spider-pig is a command line utility that takes a URL and retrieves all the local URL links on the page. It can also search for a CSS selector on each local URL to measure the impact of a CSS change.

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Get a list of local URL links from a root URL. Works with JavaScript generated content.

<a href="test.html">Test</a><!-- match -->
<a href="test2.html">Test</a><!-- match -->
<a href="test2.html">Duplicate Test</a><!-- do not match -->
<a href="root.html">URL to self</a><!-- match -->
<a href="mailto:test@example.com">Email link</a><!-- do not match -->
<a href="http://www.google.com/">External</a><!-- do not match -->

Can also act as a live-DOM CSS search across multiple files (find all the templates that are using the CSS selector I want to change). If I’m worried about changing code in a CSS selector, I’ll use this tool to search for instances of the selector across my project.

spider-pig on the command line
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Zach is a Web Craftsperson with the award winning Filament Group. He’s currently fixated on web fonts and static site generators. His public speaking résumé includes talks in eight different countries at events like Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. He also helps herd NEJS CONF and the NebraskaJS meetup. Read more about Zach »

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