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Hands-On Web Scraping with Python

By : Anish Chapagain
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Hands-On Web Scraping with Python

By: Anish Chapagain

Overview of this book

Web scraping is an essential technique used in many organizations to gather valuable data from web pages. This book will enable you to delve into web scraping techniques and methodologies. The book will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of web scraping techniques and how they can be applied to multiple sets of web pages. You'll use powerful libraries from the Python ecosystem such as Scrapy, lxml, pyquery, and bs4 to carry out web scraping operations. You will then get up to speed with simple to intermediate scraping operations such as identifying information from web pages and using patterns or attributes to retrieve information. This book adopts a practical approach to web scraping concepts and tools, guiding you through a series of use cases and showing you how to use the best tools and techniques to efficiently scrape web pages. You'll even cover the use of other popular web scraping tools, such as Selenium, Regex, and web-based APIs. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to efficiently scrape the web using different techniques with Python and other popular tools.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
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Section 1: Introduction to Web Scraping
Section 2: Beginning Web Scraping
Section 3: Advanced Concepts
Section 4: Conclusion

Using Selenium to Scrape the Web

So far, we have learned how to use a number of data finding techniques and how to access web content by implementing various Python libraries for web scraping.

Selenium is a web application testing framework, which automates the browsing action and can be used for both easy and complex web scraping activities. Selenium provides a web browser as an interface or automated tool. Dynamic or secure web content that uses JavaScript, cookies, scripts, and so on are loaded, tested, and even scraped with the help of Selenium.

There is so much to learn about the Selenium framework. In this chapter, we will be covering the major concepts of the framework that are relevant to web scraping.

This chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Selenium
  • Using Selenium for web scraping