New Web Scraping Course is Available
We just launched our Basic Web Scraping course. Web scraping is a method that automatically extracts large amounts of data from websites. Web scraping helps collect these unstructured data and store it in a structured form.
There are many occasion where you will want to use it. Maybe you want to keep track of your favourite news website, perhaps you want to generate statistics and need data to do that, or maybe you just want to download images from a website that is about to shut down, so you can keep it safe. The use cases are endless.
In our course, we will access the website https://books.toscrape.com and extract all relevant information about books. We will learn how to get the website content, how to parse it, extract the information and organize it to use later. The final example of our course can be seen in the video below.
As you can see in the video above, our program goes to the https://books.toscrape.com, navigate to the Fantasy section, extracts all information that we want about the books, and save it in a CSV file. Then, we can later visualize it using software like Google Sheets or Microsoft Office. Additionally, we can process this file using one of our scripts without having to reaccess the website.
Basic Web Scraping is an introductory course; for this reason, almost anyone can join. The only pre-requisites are to know the Python language, which you can learn in our Python Bootcamp course and have a basic understanding of the Web, which you will learn in our course Web Development 101.
I hope you have fun learning this technique, and I am sure that it will open your mind to think about the following projects you want to build with it.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that is supporting us through the PRO subscription. Thanks to you we were able to create this course 😃.
Have a fantastic day!