Python: Let's scrape a website
This hands-on training will illustrate how Python can be used to grab a lot of data from a website at once, whether by pulling content from a page or interacting with forms. You’ll want to be comfortable writing loops in Python, though you won’t necessarily need to be able to write a function from scratch!
This session is good for people who feel comfortable with Python’s data types and control flow (if/else, loops). Experience with HTML is a plus but not necessary.
Note: It would be useful to attend the commons session "How the Internet Works" in advance if you’re not familiar with the topic already.
Melissa Lewis is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to joining Reveal, she was a data editor at The Oregonian, a data engineer at Simple and a data analyst at Periscopic. She is an organizer for PyLadies Portland and the Portland chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. @iff_or
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