Automate the boring stuff with Python

Automate the boring stuff with Python is an online book (it can also be purchased here or at Amazon) that explains Python at a beginner’s level for practical use.

There are also videos available by the author, that cover the books content: on Youtube you can find the first 15 or so, but all of them are available through And the good part is, those are now available for free with coupon code BORING_FOR_FREE, I believe until October 2oth or so.

So if you are new to Python (or like me have used it eons ago and need a big refresh) and want to get to know it and learn how to use for practical tasks, this might be the book for you. And all it takes is an internet connection and for the videos you will have to create a Udemy account.

I just wanted to state I am not affiliated to the book, not do I even know the author. But when someone provides good content for free I believe it is worth sharing.

[Automate the boring stuff with Python]


Web Scraping 101 with Python & Web Scraping 201: finding the API

I found some articles that explain very clearly how to use Python for web scraping (for non-advanced Python users)

In between these two articles he also wrote:

Then I noted a large number of other interesting articles on Greg Reda’s (; @gjreda) blog, so I would just recommend checking it out:

@l2k wrote a very informative series of articles about the Data Science Ecosystem, with many links an resources / tools

Because data science is growing so rapidly, we now have a massive ecosystem of useful tools. <…> at the very highest level, they break down into the three main parts of a data scientist’s work flow. Namely: getting data, wrangling data and analyzing data. I’ll be covering them in that real-world order <…>

From Lukas Biewald’s article:

Kimono webscraping: easy peasy???

Lisa Charlotte Rost (@lisacrost) wrote about her very interesting data visualization reading list, in which she also mentioned Kimono, a tool she used to scrape data from Amazon.

Since I just spent a number of hours last week on just getting information from about books I purchased in the last 5 years (see article on my blog) this tool might have come in handy, and may do so in the future. I hope to report in the near future on how easy it actually is to use.