Monday, January 19th, 2009>p>
He assumed that there would be libraries that did this well, but wasn’t able to find anything reliable. In his post he talks about how he decided to build a web service to do this himself, available as Parse User Agent.
When you go to it you see results like above, and note the difference between its results and those from User Agent String.com.
Steve on the new tool:
You can paste any User-Agent string and see how my code classifies it. I also show the results from UserAgentString.com for comparison. The next steps, if there’s interest and I can find the time, would be to make this available as a web service and make the code available, too. What do people think?
- Do other people share this need for better User Agent parsing?
- Do you know of something good that’s out there that I missed?
- Do you see gaps or mistakes in UA Profiler’s parsing?
For now, I’ll keep classifying user agents as I finish the last drops of my (first) coffee in the morning.