Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Wot No URLs? When GET and POST intervene...

The increasing number of database driven websites means that in some cases a naive URL hack doesn't work... welcome to The Deep Web

The address may still be hackable of course, especially if you're looking at a library, say, where they may have opted into OpenURL, (and here's more than you need to know).

Where forms are used to generate search terms that at GET or POSTED to the server where it can make secretive database queries to its heart's content, you can always poke around the form's source code and work out what search terms you need. If you have access to server side rewrites and redirects, you can quite easily make a short, convenient alias to an otherwise bleurggghhhhy URl like this, perhaps?


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