There is an immense amount to be learned simply by tinkering with things. - Henry Ford
In this new blog code challenge you are going to use
selenium to automatically generate some cool featured images for PyBites. Let's write some Python code, shall we?
Some time ago Bob made a tool to automate blog image generation: Featured Image Creator.
In this challenge you will help PyBites create some nice featured images for their code challenges or articles (heck, we could even use them on Twitter!)
Make a virtual env and pip install
selenium (and optionally
feedparser), however this is not a requirement, use your favorite tools ...
Using Selenium navigate to Featured Image Creator and set the canvas (button ID
#submitDimensions) to your preferred size (e.g. w=300/ h=100, or w=200 / h=200)
Loop over the challenge and/or article titles you scraped and for each title:
enter the title alongside Title text in image (blog post) (
#title ID field).
choose a Margin-top and Google Font from the two dropdown fields (
#font field IDs respectively).
choose a theme: BG theme: material or BG theme: bamboo (
#collection ID field).
choose a picture from the auto-complete (
#bg1_url ID field), or just fill in the field picking random ones from the 2 lists below (one per theme):
featured_image/images/material]# ls -C1|grep full|sort|sed '[email protected]\(.*\)@images/material/\[email protected]' images/material/black-blue_full.jpg images/material/black_full.jpg images/material/black-red_full.jpg images/material/blue-black_full.jpg images/material/blue-brown_full.png images/material/blue_full.jpg images/material/blue-green_full.png images/material/blue-lightblue-white_full.jpg images/material/blue-white_full.jpg images/material/blue-yellow_full.png images/material/darkgreen-red-yellow_full.png images/material/green-blue_full.jpg images/material/green_full.png images/material/green-red_full.jpg images/material/orange-black_full.jpg images/material/orange-blue_full.jpg images/material/purple-blue_full.jpg images/material/purple-blue-red_full.jpg images/material/purple-red-orange_full.png images/material/purple-red-white_full.png images/material/purple-yellow-white_full.png images/material/red_full.jpg images/material/red-green_full.jpg images/material/white-blue_full.png images/material/yellow-darkgrey-red_full.jpg featured_image/images/bamboo]# ls -C1|grep full|sort -n|sed '[email protected]\(.*\)@images/bamboo/\[email protected]' images/bamboo/1_green_full.jpg images/bamboo/2_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/3_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/4_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/5_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/6_white_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/7_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/8_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/9_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/10_green_full.jpg images/bamboo/11_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/12_black_olive_full.jpg images/bamboo/13_gray_full.jpg images/bamboo/14_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/15_green_full.jpg images/bamboo/16_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/17_green_white_olive_full.jpg images/bamboo/18_black_full.jpg images/bamboo/19_green_full.jpg images/bamboo/20_gray_full.jpg images/bamboo/21_silver_full.jpg images/bamboo/22_white_full.jpg images/bamboo/23_black_olive_full.jpg images/bamboo/24_white_full.jpg images/bamboo/25_black_white_full.jpg
Feel free to set the other fields as well, but so far your should have a decent featured image, so move onto to saving the image ...
Click the Save button (
#btnSave ID field).
Move the obtained file to an output directory and zip them up (using Python's
PR your work on our platform including the generated zipfile (or host it yourself and link in the PR to keep our challenges repo lean).
Good luck and have fun coding Python! Ideas for future challenges? use GH Issues.
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