Python Web Scraping – Second Edition

Key FeaturesA hands-on guide to web scraping using Python with solutions to real-world problemsCreate a number of different web scrapers in Python to extract informationThis book includes practical examples on using the popular and well-maintained libraries in Python for your web scraping needsBook DescriptionThe internet contains the most useful set of data ever assembled, largely publicly accessible for free. However, this data is not easily reusable. It is embedded within the structure and style of websites and needs to be carefully extracted. Web scraping is becoming increasingly useful as a means to gather and make sense of the wealth of information available online.This book is the ultimate guide to using the latest features of Python 3.x to scrape data from websites. In the early chapters, you’ll see how to extract data from static web pages. You’ll learn to use caching with databases and files to save time and manage the load on servers. After covering the basics, you’ll get hands-on practice in building a more sophisticated crawler using browsers, crawlers, and concurrent scrapers.You’ll determine when and how to scrape data from a JavaScript-dependent website using PyQt and Selenium. You’ll get a better understanding of how to submit forms on complex websites protected by CAPTCHA. You’ll find out how to automate these actions with Python packages such as mechanize. You’ll also learn how to create class-based scrapers with Scrapy libraries and implement your learning on real websites.By the end of the book, you will have explored testing websites with scrapers, remote scraping, best practices, working with images, and many other relevant topics.What you will learnExtract data from web pages with simple Python programmingBuild a concurrent crawler to process web pages in parallelFollow links to crawl a websiteExtract features from the HTMLCache downloaded HTML for reuseCompare concurrent models to determine the fastest crawlerLearn how to parse JavaScript-dependent websitesInteract with forms and sessions.About the AuthorKatharine Jarmul is a data consultant and pythonista based in Berlin, Germany. She runs a data science consulting company, Kjamistan, that provides services such as data extraction, acquisition, and modeling for small and large companies. She has been writing Python since 2008 and scraping the web with Python since 2010, and has worked at both small and large start-ups who use web scraping for data analysis. When she's not scraping the web, you can follow her thoughts and activities via Twitter (@kjam) or on her blog: https://blog.kjamistan.com.Richard Lawson is from Australia and studied Computer Science at the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, he built a business specializing in web scraping while traveling the world, working remotely from over 50 countries. He is a fluent Esperanto speaker, conversational in Mandarin and Korean, and active in contributing to and translating open source software. He is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at Oxford University and in his spare time enjoys developing autonomous drones. You can find him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardpenman.

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