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Scraping the Steam Game Store with Scrapy

Scraping the Steam Game Store with Scrapy

This is a guest post from the folks over at Intoli, one of the awesome companies providing Scrapy commercial support and longtime Scrapy fans. Introduction The Steam game store is home to more than ten thousand games and just shy of four million user-submitted reviews. While all kinds of Steam data are available either through official APIs or other bulk-downloadable data dumps, I could not find a way to download the full review dataset. 1 If you want to perform your own…

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Deploy your Scrapy Spiders from GitHub

Deploy your Scrapy Spiders from GitHub

Up until now, your deployment process using Scrapy Cloud has probably been something like this: code and test your spiders locally, commit and push your changes to a GitHub repository, and finally deploy them to Scrapy Cloud using shub deploy. However, having the development and the deployment processes in isolated steps might bring you some issues, such as unversioned and outdated code running in production. The good news is that, from now on, you can have your code automatically deployed…

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How to Build your own Price Monitoring Tool

How to Build your own Price Monitoring Tool

Computers are great at repetitive tasks. They don’t get distracted, bored, or tired. Automation is how you should be approaching tedious tasks that are absolutely essential to becoming a successful business or when carrying out mundane responsibilities. Price monitoring, for example, is a practice that every company should be doing, and is a task that readily lends itself to automation. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to create your very own price monitoring tool from scratch. While I’m…

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An Introduction to XPath: How to Get Started

An Introduction to XPath: How to Get Started

XPath is a powerful language that is often used for scraping the web. It allows you to select nodes or compute values from an XML or HTML document and is actually one of the languages that you can use to extract web data using Scrapy. The other is CSS and while CSS selectors are a popular choice, XPath can actually allow you to do more. With XPath, you can extract data based on text elements’ contents, and not only on…

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Interview: How Up Hail uses Scrapy to Increase Transparency

Interview: How Up Hail uses Scrapy to Increase Transparency

During the 2016 Collision Conference held in New Orleans, Scrapinghub Content Strategist Cecilia Haynes had the opportunity to interview the brains and the brawn behind Up Hail, the rideshare comparison app. Avi Wilensky is the Founder of Up Hail Avi sat down with Cecilia and shared how he and his team use Scrapy and web scraping to help users find the best rideshare and taxi deals in real time. Fun fact, Up Hail was named one of Mashable’s 11 Most…

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How to Crawl the Web Politely with Scrapy

How to Crawl the Web Politely with Scrapy

The first rule of web crawling is you do not harm the website. The second rule of web crawling is you do NOT harm the website. We’re supporters of the democratization of web data, but not at the expense of the website’s owners. In this post we’re sharing a few tips for our platform and Scrapy users who want polite and considerate web crawlers. Whether you call them spiders, crawlers, or robots, let’s work together to create a world of Baymaxs,…

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This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub August 2016

This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub August 2016

Welcome to This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub! In this regular column, we share all the latest updates on our open source projects including Scrapy, Splash, Portia, and Frontera. If you’re interested in learning more or even becoming a contributor, reach out to us by emailing opensource@scrapinghub.com or on Twitter @scrapinghub. Scrapy This past May, Scrapy 1.1 (with Python 3 support) was a big milestone for our Python web scraping community. And 2 weeks ago, Scrapy reached 15k stars…

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Incremental Crawls with Scrapy and DeltaFetch

Incremental Crawls with Scrapy and DeltaFetch

Welcome to Scrapy Tips from the Pros! In this monthly column, we share a few tricks and hacks to help speed up your web scraping activities. As the lead Scrapy maintainers, we’ve run into every obstacle you can imagine so don’t worry, you’re in great hands. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any suggestions for future topics. Scrapy is designed to be extensible and loosely coupled with its components. You can easily extend Scrapy’s functionality…

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Scraping Infinite Scrolling Pages

Scraping Infinite Scrolling Pages

Welcome to Scrapy Tips from the Pros! In this monthly column, we share a few tricks and hacks to help speed up your web scraping activities. As the lead Scrapy maintainers, we’ve run into every obstacle you can imagine so don’t worry, you’re in great hands. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any suggestions for future topics. In the era of single page apps and tons of AJAX requests per page, a lot of…

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This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub June 2016

This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub June 2016

Welcome to This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub! In this regular column, we share all the latest updates on our open source projects including Scrapy, Splash, Portia, and Frontera. If you’re interested in learning more or even becoming a contributor, reach out to us by email at opensource@scrapinghub.com or on Twitter @scrapinghub Scrapy 1.1 For those who missed the big news, Scrapy 1.1 is live! It’s the first official release that comes with Python 3 support, so you can…

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