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README.rst

Zester

Zester is a library that makes it easier to develop Python clients for websites without APIs.

No lxml, no XPath, just javascript.

Let's make a client library for Hacker News by saving the following code in a file named hnclient.py:

from zester import MultipleClient, Attribute

class HNClient(MultipleClient):
    url = "http://news.ycombinator.com/"
    title = Attribute(selector="$('.title a')", modifier="$(el).html()")
    link = Attribute(selector="$('.title a')"), modifier="$(el).attr('href')")
    points = Attribute(selector="$('.subtext span')", modifier="$(el).html().replace(' points', '')")

Now, let's use the client we just made. Open a python shell:

>>> from hnclient import HNClient
>>> client = HNClient()
>>> stories = client.process()
>>> stories[0]
HNClientResponse(points=u'200', link=u'http://daltoncaldwell.com/what-twitter-could-have-been', title=u'What Twitter could have been')
>>> print stories[0].title
What Twitter could have been
>>> print stories[0].link
http://daltoncaldwell.com/what-twitter-could-have-been
>>> print stories[0].points
56

We subclassed MultipleClient there because we were planning on returning multiple results. If we wanted to make a client for something like Weather.gov that returned a single result, we could do something like this:

from zester import SingleClient, Attribute

class WeatherClient(SingleClient):
    url = "http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat={lat}&lon={lng}"
    temperature = Attribute(selector="$('.myforecast-current-lrg').html()")
    humidity = Attribute(selector="$('.current-conditions-detail li').contents()[1]")
    heat_index = Attribute(selector="$('.current-conditions-detail li').contents()[11]")

    def __init__(self, lat, lng, *args, **kwargs):
        super(WeatherClient, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.url = self.url.format(lat=lat, lng=lng)

This also demonstrates how you can allow arguments to be taken:

>>> from weather_client import WeatherClient
>>> client = WeatherClient(lat=40.7143528, lng=-74.0059731)
>>> curr_weather = client.process()
>>> curr_weather
WeatherClientResponse(heat_index=u'82\xb0F (28\xb0C)', temperature=u'80\xb0F', humidity=u'58%')
>>> print curr_weather.temperature
80°F
>>> print curr_weather.humidity
58%
>>> print curr_weather.heat_index
82°F (28°C)

Installation

Zester is dependant upon Ghost.py. You must install it before installing Zester. Ghost.py will also require the installation of either PyQt or PySide.

After Ghost.py is installed, to install zester:

$ pip install zester
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