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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)

Updating an Excel spreadsheet

In this recipe, we'll see how to update an existing Excel spreadsheet. This will include changing raw values in cells but also setting up formulas that will be evaluated when the spreadsheet is open. We'll also see how to add comments to cells.

Getting ready

We will use the module openpyxl. We should install the module, adding it to our requirements.txt file as follows:

$ echo "openpyxl==2.5.4" >> requirements.txt
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

In the GitHub repository, there's an Excel spreadsheet named movies.xlsx that contains information on the top ten movies by attendance.

The file can be found here: