Hands-On Web Scraping with Python

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By Anish Chapagain
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  1. Section 1: Introduction to Web Scraping

About this book

Web scraping is an essential technique used in many organizations to gather valuable data from web pages. This book will enable you to delve into web scraping techniques and methodologies.

The book will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of web scraping techniques and how they can be applied to multiple sets of web pages. You'll use powerful libraries from the Python ecosystem such as Scrapy, lxml, pyquery, and bs4 to carry out web scraping operations. You will then get up to speed with simple to intermediate scraping operations such as identifying information from web pages and using patterns or attributes to retrieve information. This book adopts a practical approach to web scraping concepts and tools, guiding you through a series of use cases and showing you how to use the best tools and techniques to efficiently scrape web pages. You'll even cover the use of other popular web scraping tools, such as Selenium, Regex, and web-based APIs.

By the end of this book, you will have learned how to efficiently scrape the web using different techniques with Python and other popular tools.

Publication date:
July 2019
Publisher
Packt
Pages
350
ISBN
9781789533392

 

Section 1: Introduction to Web Scraping

In this section, you will be given an overview of web scraping (scraping requirements, the importance of data), web contents (patterns and layouts), Python programming and libraries (the basics and advanced), and data managing techniques (file handling and databases).

This section consists of the following chapter:

About the Author

  • Anish Chapagain

    Anish Chapagain is a software engineer with a passion for data science, its processes, and Python programming, which began around 2007. He has been working with web scraping and analysis-related tasks for more than 5 years, and is currently pursuing freelance projects in the web scraping domain. Anish previously worked as a trainer, web/software developer, and as a banker, where he was exposed to data and gained further insights into topics including data analysis, visualization, data mining, information processing, and knowledge discovery. He has an MSc in computer systems from Bangor University (University of Wales), United Kingdom, and an Executive MBA from Himalayan Whitehouse International College, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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