Hermes is the messenger of the gods
This is a news scrapper, I will be writting a follow-up blog here http://edwinbosire.github.io/
Sometimes you want to build an app but you do not have an API to siphon data from, fret not brethrens, the solution is as old as the web itself -web scraping is here to save you.
Hermes is a scraper for Nation Media, one of Kenya's top news sites. They provide a feed for the news but its usually a few hours old and frankly, quite unreliable, my solution is to get the news directly from the source.
- python 2.7
- Scrapyd for deployment
- Understanding of python
- Programming knowledge, duh!
Running the scraper.
Before you run the scrapper, you will need to modify a few settings. At the moment, the app is saving the scraped data to a MongoDB instance. You will need to provide connection details. These three variables can be initialised in the 'settings.py' file.
- MONGODB_SERVER address to your mongoDB instance
- MONGODB_PORT port for the server
- MONGODB_DB the database to use
- MONGODB_COLLECTION the collection to use, a new one will be created if it does not exist.
I'll complete this document when i get time
1 year later, I guess I never got any time
4 Years later, still no update