phranque - 9:24 am on Jul 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], hanse132!
i would suggest perl as a well-suited option for such tools.
if you know java and c you will have no problem adapting to perl.
there is an extensive list of resources in the Perl Server Side CGI Scripting forum Charter [webmasterworld.com].
be sure to look at the extensive archive of Perl modules on CPAN [cpan.org].
you would be especially interested in the LWP [search.cpan.org] module.
the first paragraph of this article explains why "Perl is the duct tape of the Internet." [oreillynet.com]