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Course overview

In this course, you’ll learn how to access APIs, including how to create and process API requests; how to deal with data in the JSON format using Python and pandas; and how to handle advanced requests such as POST, PUT/PATCH, and DELETE. You’ll apply your new API skills by working with the Reddit API to perform real-world data analysis.

You’ll also learn web scraping using Python, Beautiful Soup, and the requests library. This includes requesting and downloading a website’s HTML content; retrieving specific elements from the page using BeautifulSoup; using Find All, IDs, and Classes to extract specific parts of a page; and using CSS selectors.

Key skills

  • Querying external data sources using an API
  • Scraping datasets from the web

Course outline

Introduction to APIs and Web Scraping in Python [4 lessons]

Working with APIs 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify the advantages of APIs
  • Create and process API requests
  • Define the JSON data format

Intermediate APIs 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Authenticate with APIs
  • Identify the different types of API requests

Challenge: Working with the reddit API 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Authenticate with an API
  • Identify the different types of API requests

Web Scraping 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Structure webpages using HTML
  • Employ web scraping

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