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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)

Using templates for reports

HTML is a very flexible format that can be used to present rich reports. While an HTML template can be created by treating it as just text, there are tools that allow you to add better handling of structured text. This detaches the template from the code as well, separating the generation of the data from the representation of that data.

Getting ready

The tool used in this recipe, Jinja2, reads a file that contains the template and applies the context to it. The context contains the data to be displayed.

We should start by installing the module:

$ echo "jinja2==2.20" >> requirements.txt
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Jinja2 uses its own syntax, which is a mixture of HTML and Python...