Gift Card Scraper with Python and Robobrowser
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Gift Card Scraper with Python and Robobrowser

In this video, we use Python combined with Robobrowser to build a program that allows us to extract balance information for gift cards that we may have. Specifically, we show how to extract the balance of a Starbucks gift card.

These techniques can be more broadly applied to extracting balance information for any gift card you may have on hand and serves as a way to aggregate all of your balances from all of your gift cards, instead of individually navigating to each site and checking.

This is a toy project, and the purpose is to help you learn practical web scraping with a focus on something that many people may (optimistically) find utility in.

You will require that Python and pip are installed on your machine:
Python: https://www.python.org/
Pip: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/pip
Robobrowser: http://robobrowser.readthedocs.io/en/latest/readme.html

This video is part of a larger series on “Web Scraping and Automation”. You can watch the other videos in this series here:
http://bit.ly/web_automation

Further videos on Robobrowser:
http://bit.ly/robobrowser

As always, the code in this video is hosted on my Github profile, here. I encourage you to fork the project and add functionality for whichever gift card you happen to have:
https://github.com/vprusso/couch_money

Website:
http://vprusso.github.io/

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