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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)

Interacting with forms

A common element present in web pages is forms. Forms are a way of sending values into a web page, for example, to create a new comment on a blog post, or to submit a purchase.

Browsers present the forms so you can input values and send them in a single action after pressing the submit or equivalent button. We'll see how to create this action programatically in this recipe.

Be aware that sending data to a site is normally more sensible than receiving data from it. For example, sending automatic comments to a website is very much the definition of spam. This means that it can be more difficult to automate and include security measures. Double-check that what you're trying to achieve is a valid, ethical use case.

Getting ready