a random list of other tools that could be helpful:
- online tools like Dapper.net offer an easy, graphical way to build simple screen-scrapers
- BBC backstage is the developer site of the BBC and offers access to some APIs (e.g. for information on the BBC’s programme) as well as loads of different feeds that you can use for your applications.
- The Yahoo Term Extractor will extract important terms (such as names of persons) out of a text. Tell me that is not useful!! Try it out for yourself at this example