Beautiful Soup is a Python library to do screen scraping. I think it is a powerful tool which can be used in many situations. See here for examples where it is used. In this post I will show you two examples how to crawl websites using this library.
A short post to share that I just subscribed to the Destroy All Software Screencasts …
I am about to finish a travel Facebook App. The design looks promising, especially because of the info and pictures I could crawl together. Few more days and I will release a first draft. For now the answer to: “how to create your own country API?”
In spite of my proposed Scala, HTML5, and Mobile learning, I will start this New Year learning Ruby :) – I am about to read Eloquent Ruby, but before that I wanted to wet my apetite with a practical case …
YQL (Yahoo! Query Language) is not new, however the concept of a Web Service that accesses Internet data with SQL-like commands, is really cool so should be mentioned on this blog!
I wanted to have a book category list for a potential feature in My Reading List. I found this page. Then I wondered how I could parse the html to reuse the categories. It turned out to be pretty easy in Perl :)
This is a trick I learned in need of a specific list. You can check in the firebug console what URL and get variable is running in the background to reproduce the result list.
We had to wait a bit but the google+ API was officially launched yesterday. Only public data and posts can be accessed, but it is a start to get familiar with the API.
After playing with some APIs, especially the Facebook one, I cannot wait till Google+ releases its API. However there are ways you can already import your profile and posts!
I got a question from one of my readers how to automatically post to the Wall of a friend. I started to code a quick example, but I realized it might be valuable to more people, so here is the code and a short howto.