In this article we review last week's Packt free ebook code challenge. We really scratched our own itch building both a notification service and an ebook download manager.
First of all we were a tad disappointed not being able to automate the whole thing. Packt's free-learning link requires a "I'm not a robot" captcha to be solved. We are not the only ones hitting this wall. 2captcha provies a possible way around it, but we didn't go there.
Update 24/08/2017: there is a fix for this now.
There was still a lot of room to build cool/useful stuff:
Packt Daily Notification Email
We wrote a script to get a daily html email of the free html book, the amount of hh:mm before it expires, and adding Pybonacci's affiliation link (to sponsor Python Spain).
Here is how it looks:
Code is here.
Packt Ebook Download Manager
We also made a script to manage downloaded/purchased Packt ebooks. It uses requests session (detailed here) to login/access/download books. We use BeautifulSoup for html parsing. Here you can see it in action:
$ python packt.py PACKT DOWNLOAD MANAGER Logging in Retrieving books Seach for a book (q for exit): dta No matches, try again Seach for a book (q for exit): data 1) Learning Data Mining with Python [eBook] 2) R Data Visualization Cookbook [eBook] 3) Practical Data Science Cookbook [eBook] 4) Data Analysis with R [eBook] 5) ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials [eBook] 6) Implementing Splunk: Big Data Reporting and Development for Operational Intelligence [eBook] Choose book (n for new search): 1 1) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/21201/pdf 2) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/21201/epub 3) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/21201/mobi Choose url (c to cancel): 1 Downloading https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/21201/pdf Saving to /Users/bbelderb/Documents/books/Packt/learning-data-mining-with-python.pdf Choose book (n for new search): n Seach for a book (q for exit): python 1) Expert Python Programming - Second Edition [eBook] 2) Modern Python Cookbook [eBook] 3) Python GUI Programming Cookbook [eBook] 4) What You Need to Know about Python [eBook] 5) Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers [eBook] 6) Learning Python Application Development [eBook] 7) Learning Robotics Using Python [eBook] ... many more (thanks Packt!) ... Choose book (n for new search): 1 1) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/25257/pdf 2) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/25257/epub 3) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/25257/mobi Choose url (c to cancel): 3 Downloading https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/25257/mobi Saving to /Users/bbelderb/Documents/books/Packt/expert-python-programming-second-edition.mobi Choose book (n for new search): 22 1) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/20125/pdf 2) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/20125/epub 3) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/20125/mobi Choose url (c to cancel): 1 Downloading https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/20125/pdf Saving to /Users/bbelderb/Documents/books/Packt/functional-python-programming.pdf Choose book (n for new search): n Seach for a book (q for exit): postgres 1) PostgreSQL 9 Admin Cookbook [eBook] 2) Learning PostgreSQL [eBook] Choose book (n for new search): 2 1) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/22041/pdf 2) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/22041/epub 3) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/22041/mobi Choose url (c to cancel): 1 Downloading https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/22041/pdf Saving to /Users/bbelderb/Documents/books/Packt/learning-postgresql.pdf Choose book (n for new search): 1 1) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/6088/pdf 2) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/6088/epub 3) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/6088/mobi Choose url (c to cancel): c Choose book (n for new search): n Seach for a book (q for exit): science 1) Practical Data Science Cookbook [eBook] Choose book (n for new search): n Seach for a book (q for exit): machine 1) Practical Machine Learning [eBook] 2) Machine Learning with R - Second Edition [eBook] 3) Machine Learning with Spark [eBook] 4) Python Machine Learning [eBook] 5) Building Machine Learning Systems with Python [eBook] Choose book (n for new search): 6 Wrong input, please try again Choose book (n for new search): f Wrong input, please try again Choose book (n for new search): 5 1) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/11703/pdf 2) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/11703/epub 3) https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/11703/mobi Choose url (c to cancel): 1 Downloading https://www.packtpub.com/ebook_download/11703/pdf Saving to /Users/bbelderb/Documents/books/Packt/building-machine-learning-systems-with-python.pdf Choose book (n for new search): n Seach for a book (q for exit): q Bye
And on the file system (some downloads were already there):
Code is here.
Bonus: if you want to do login with Selenium, we covered that in our 100 Days Challenge too.
Great work is coming out of these challenges, we are humbled and stoked creating our PyBites community this way. Thanks for joining.
Remember there is no deadline, you can PR your code anytime. Just remember to isolate (branch) your changes and submit against our Community branch - see our instructions.
Come code with us forking our challenges repo. Have fun!
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