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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)

Sending an individual email

The most basic way of sending an email is to send an individual one from an email account. This option is only recommended for very sporadic use, but for simple purposes such as sending a couple of emails a day to controlled addresses, it can be good enough.

Do not use this method to send emails in bulk to distribution lists or to customers with unknown email addresses. You risk being banned from your service provider due to anti-spam rules. See other recipes in this chapter for more options.

Getting ready

For this recipe, we'll need an email account with a service provider. There are small differences based on the provider to use, but we'll use a Gmail account, as it is very common and...