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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)

Plotting a simple sales graph

In this recipe, we'll see how to draw a sales graph by drawing bars proportional to sales in different periods.

Getting ready

We can install matplotlib in our virtual environment using the following commands:

$ echo "matplotlib==2.2.2" >> requirements.txt
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

In some OSes, this may require us to install additional packages; for example, in Ubuntu it may require us to run apt-get install python3-tk. Check the matplolib docs for details.

If you are using macOS, it's possible that you'll get an error like this—RuntimeError: Python is not installed as a framework. See the matplolib documentation on how to fix it: https://matplotlib...