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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.

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.

The Road to Loading JavaScript in Portia

Support for JavaScript has been a much requested feature ever since Portia’s first release 2 years ago. The wait is nearly over and we are happy to inform you that we will be launching these changes in the very near future. If you’re feeling adventurous you can try it out on the develop branch at Github. This post aims to highlight the path we took to achieving JavaScript support in Portia.

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:

Handling JavaScript in Scrapy with Splash

A common roadblock when developing spiders is dealing with sites that use a heavy amount of JavaScript. Many modern websites run entirely on JavaScript, and require scripts to be run in order for the page to render properly. In many cases, pages also present modals and other dialogues that need to be interacted with to show the full page. In this post we’re going to show you how you can use...

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