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Python Automation Cookbook

By : Jaime Buelta
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Python Automation Cookbook

By: Jaime Buelta

Overview of this book

Have you been doing the same old monotonous office work over and over again? Or have you been trying to find an easy way to make your life better by automating some of your repetitive tasks? Through a tried and tested approach, understand how to automate all the boring stuff using Python. The Python Automation Cookbook helps you develop a clear understanding of how to automate your business processes using Python, including detecting opportunities by scraping the web, analyzing information to generate automatic spreadsheets reports with graphs, and communicating with automatically generated emails. You’ll learn how to get notifications via text messages and run tasks while your mind is focused on other important activities, followed by understanding how to scan documents such as résumés. Once you’ve gotten familiar with the fundamentals, you’ll be introduced to the world of graphs, along with studying how to produce organized charts using Matplotlib. In addition to this, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of how to generate rich graphics showing relevant information. By the end of this book, you’ll have refined your skills by attaining a sound understanding of how to identify and correct problems to produce superior and reliable systems.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Setting up a cron job

Cron is an old-fashioned but reliable way of executing commands. It has been around since the 70s in Unix, and it's an old favorite in system administration to perform maintenance, such as freeing space, rotating logs, making backups, and other common operations.

This recipe is Unix-specific, so it will work in Linux and MacOS. While it's possible to schedule a task in Windows, it's very different and uses Task Scheduler, which won't be described here. If you have access to a Linux server, it can be a good way of scheduling periodic tasks.
The main advantages are as follows:
  • It's present in virtually all Unix or Linux systems and configured to run automatically.
  • It's easy to use, though a little deceptive.
  • It's well-known. Almost anyone involved with admin tasks will have a general idea on how to use it.
  • It allows for easy...