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PyCon Introduction to Web and Data Scraping Tutorial

A tutorial-based introduction to web scraping with Python.

Virtual Env

If you'd like to use virtual environments, please follow the following instructions. It is not required for the tutorial but may be helpful.

For more details on virtual environments

If you don't have virtual env wrapper and/or pip:

$ easy_install pip
$ pip install virtualenvwrapper

and read the additional instructions here

$ mkvirtualenv scraper_tutorial
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

LXML and Selenium

You will need both LXML and Selenium to follow this tutorial in it's entirety.

If you are using a Mac, I would highly recommend using Homebrew. It will help make pip install very easy for you to use.

If you are using Windows, it might be worth it to run this within a Linux Virtual Machine. If you are a Windows + Python guru, please follow these installation instructions. I can help as needed but I have not programmed on Windows in more than 5 years.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions on getting the initial requirements set up. Thanks!

Firefox Web Browser

Firefox comes as the default web driver for Selenium. To use Selenium easily, please download and install Firefox.

Using PIP

If you have never used PIP before you will need to sudo easy_install pip or brew install pip. PIP is a python package manager and it's really super so I highly advise using it!


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A Python-based web and data scraping tutorial



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