Python: Let's scrape a website (repeat session)

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Alex Richards of NerdWallet
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Indiana/Iowa
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

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.

Speaker Bios

  • Alex joined NerdWallet's public interest reporting team from Investigative Reporters & Editors, where as a training director he taught journalists around the country about best practices in investigative and data reporting. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and shared the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. @alexrichards

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