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How to Parse Hidden HTML With Selenium Headless Mode and Deploy it to Heroku

Posted by Bob on Tue 19 February 2019 in Tools • Tagged with Selenium, headless, Heroku, tweepy, argparse, Slack, Packt, books, automation, parsing, BeautifulSoup, requests, namedtuple, Scheduler, git, buildpacks, environment variables • 6 min read

Ever wondered how you scrape hidden (or JS generated) HTML? Selenium is your friend. Ever wondered how to run it without a browser popping up? Use headless mode. How would you run it remotely? Use Heroku. And how about autoposting to Slack and Twitter? With the right libraries and API setup little code is needed. In this 10 step guide I will show you how to build a Packt Free Learning Notifier which will accomplish all these tasks. Ready to learn some nice automation skills in Python?


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Automating PyBites Review Post Using Github API and collections.defaultdict

Posted by Bob on Tue 13 November 2018 in Data • Tagged with collections, defaultdict, re, regular expressions, requests, challenges, review post, parsing, string manipulation, github, API • 4 min read

In this post I share a quick script I produced last week to automate a portion of our review post. There are some nice idioms that you might find useful.


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Code Challenge 49 - Contribute to Open Source: Clean up Planet Python

Posted by PyBites on Sun 01 April 2018 in Challenge • Tagged with Planet, feedparser, RSS, parsing, hacking, scripting, community, debugging • 2 min read

Hi Pythonistas, it has been silent on the Community Blog challenges front, but then again we completed the 100 Days of Code in Python course which was a great milestone. Although less frequent, we will keep doing blog challenges though, not to worry! Let's start with a long pending item: cleaning up Python planets feeds, an interesting and valuable open source contribution.


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Code Challenge 42 - Mastering Regular Expressions

Posted by PyBites on Fri 03 November 2017 in Challenge • Tagged with regex, regular expressions, findall, parsing, pytest • 2 min read

Hi Pythonistas, it's beginning of the month so we're busy selecting some cool code challenges for you to work on to hone your Python skills. Regular Expressions was a long time coming so let's get it out there. We hope we hit a decent intermediate level with this challenge. If you have questions ask us in the comments or join our Slack.


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Next Time I Will Use Pandas to Parse Html Tables

Posted by Bob on Thu 08 June 2017 in Concepts • Tagged with BeautifulSoup, regex, Pandas, parsing, data, data cleaning, energy, json, csv, html • 2 min read

Last week I did some html table parsing with BeautifulSoup and regex. It turns out there is an easier way to do this: Pandas.


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10 Tips to Get More out of Your Regexes

Posted by Bob on Wed 15 March 2017 in Tips • Tagged with regex, tips, parsing, regular expressions, findall • 5 min read

Regular expressions can be arcane, yet when used with care they can also be very powerful. In this post a couple of tips to get more out of your regexes when using Python's re module.


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