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This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub March 2016

Welcome to This Month in Open Source at Scrapinghub! In this monthly column, we share all the latest updates on our open source projects including Scrapy, Splash, Portia, and Frontera.

Scrapy Tips from the Pros: February 2016 Edition

Welcome to the February Edition of Scrapy Tips from the Pros. Each month we’ll release a few tips and hacks that we’ve developed to help make your Scrapy workflow go more smoothly.

Python 3 is Coming to Scrapy

Scrapy Tips from the Pros: Part 1

Scrapy is at the heart of Scrapinghub. We use this framework extensively and have accumulated a wide range of shortcuts to get around common problems. We’re launching a series to share these Scrapy tips with you so that you can get the most out of your daily workflow. Each post will feature two to three tips, so stay tuned.

Chats With RINAR Solutions

Meet Tomás Rinke. He is the CTO and Co-Founder of RINAR Solutions, a startup that provides data consulting services to inform decision making. He is an avid Scrapy user and a Scrapinghub development partner. As an off-shoot of RINAR Solutions, he developed DataJudicial, an app that provides information on the legal sector.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday: Are They Worth It?

This post kicks off a series of articles that will trace the prices of some of the top gifts, gadgets, and gizmos from Black Friday through to January 2016.

Scrapy on the Road to Python 3 Support

Scrapy is one of the few popular Python packages (almost 10k github stars) that's not yet compatible with Python 3. The team and community around it are working to make it compatible as soon as possible. Here's an overview of what has been happening so far.

Google Summer of Code 2015

We are very excited to be participating again this year on Google Summer of Code. After a successful experience last year where Julia Medina (now a proud Scrapinghubber!) worked on Scrapy API cleanup and per-spider settings, we are back again this year with 3 ideas approved:

Frontera: The Brain Behind the Crawls

At Scrapinghub we're always building and running large crawls–last year we had 11 billion requests made on Scrapy Cloud alone. Crawling millions of pages from the internet requires more sophistication than getting a few contacts of a list, as we need to make sure that we get reliable data, up to date lists of item pages and are able to optimise our crawl as much as possible.

The History of Scrapinghub

Joanne O’Flynn meets with Pablo Hoffman and Shane Evans to find out what inspired them to set up web crawling company Scrapinghub.

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