First Web Scraper

A step-by-step guide to writing a web scraper with the Python programming language.

What you will learn

This tutorial will guide you through the process of writing a script that can extract the roster of inmates from a local government website and prepare it for analysis.

Along the way you’ll learn the fundamentals of Python, how to open URLs with Requests, how to parse HTML with Beautiful Soup and how to write data to a comma-delimited file.

Who can take it

This course is free. The materials assume the reader has little to no experience. If you have a good attitude and can take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified.

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