Web Scraping with Python for Beginners - In Progress
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Web Scraping with Python for Beginners - In Progress

Harness the full power of the web.

About the Book

The internet is the largest collection of raw and filtered information in world history by an almost infinite factor. Every day, trillions of gigabytes of data is created, collected, stored, sent, received and destroyed.

Wouldn't you want to harness the power of some of that data?

Maybe it's for a passing hobby like tracking traffic patterns on your way to work. Maybe you want to change the world by tracking climate data over time and visualizing it to make an impact. Maybe you're a startup founder or entrepreneur wanting to add big data to your next unicorn.

Web scraping is the answer.

Web scraping is the automated collection of data from the internet. You can scrape just about any asset you find on the internet, from web sites to open, public databases and proprietary API's. The analysis of this data is what will set you apart, but first you have to collect it.

Web Scraping with Python for Beginners will set the foundation for your future learning by giving you the power to understand web scraper design and implementation using the Python programming language. You'll go from zero to hero throughout the course of this book by piggybacking on my vast experience in web scraper design and development.

Level up your next project with big data collection and harness the power of the web.

About the Author

Mitchell Edwards
Mitchell Edwards

Hello! Mitch/valhalla_dev/viking_sec here! I've been a developer for the better part of the last decade, and a fairly large part of that I've spent developing scrapers. Whether it be tracking censorship on Chinese social media sites or searching the dark web for hackers for hire, my scraping experience has covered all facets of the data collection pipeline.

If you want to learn how to harness all of the power that the web has to offer, you're in the right place! Check out my book Web Scraping with Python for Beginners and consider signing up for updates on when my new books go out.

Let's learn together and make the world a better place.

Table of Contents

    • Python Web Scraping for Beginners
    • Introduction
  • Introduction
    • A bit about me…
    • What the hell are web scrapers??
  • Theory of Web Scraper Development
    • Theory of the Web
  • Setting up a scraper development environment
    • The general development environment
    • Setting up the Ubuntu virtual machine (VM)
  • Quick Python Basics
    • What is programming?
    • Programming in Python
    • Getting started with Python Programming
    • Python variables
    • Variable types
    • Functions in Python programming.
    • Accessing “normal mode”
  • Libraries in Python
  • The Requests Library
  • The GET method
  • The POST method
  • Building your first API scraper
  • Wrapping Up Requests
  • The BeautifulSoup Library

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