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Web Scraping with Python

By : Richard Penman
Book Image

Web Scraping with Python

By: Richard Penman

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Adding cache support to the link crawler

To support caching, the download function developed in Chapter 1, Introduction to Web Scraping, needs to be modified to check the cache before downloading a URL. We also need to move throttling inside this function and only throttle when a download is made, and not when loading from a cache. To avoid the need to pass various parameters for every download, we will take this opportunity to refactor the download function into a class, so that parameters can be set once in the constructor and reused multiple times. Here is the updated implementation to support this:

class Downloader:
    def __init__(self, delay=5, user_agent='wswp', proxies=None, num_retries=1, cache=None):
        self.throttle = Throttle(delay)
        self.user_agent = user_agent
        self.proxies = proxies
        self.num_retries = num_retries
        self.cache = cache

    def __call__(self, url):
        result = None
        if self.cache: