One of the questions we are often being asked – which method of delivery is better?
XML is used to describe data and is the most flexible way to create information formats and share structured data online. On the other hand, API is a set of functions and procedures that allow one application to access features of other applications. If put it simple: APIs are a set of structures that enable two separate software to communicate quickly, smoothly and more efficiently between each other.
Let’s look into pros and cons of each delivery method in terms of job scraping services.
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We noticed you mentioned scraping Indeed.com
Just to confirm: Indeed.com prohibits spidering of its content and they will block anyone trying to scrape it.
Normally, our clients ask us to spider jobs from direct employer websites and ATSes.
In some cases we can spider commercial job boards: if there is a formal agreement between our client and the job board to allow spidering.