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Category Archives: developer
As you may have gathered I’m on a journey, I’ve worked as a physicist, a data scientist for 20 years and now I’ve fallen amongst software engineers. There are obvious similarities in what we do, we write code to do … Continue reading
Recently Zarino and I were pairing on making improvements to a new scraping tool on ScraperWiki. We were working on some code that allows the person using the tool to pick out parts of some scraped data in order to … Continue reading
ScraperWiki has always made it as easy as possible to code scripts to get data from web pages. Our new platform is no exception. The new browser-based coding environment is a tool like any other. Here are 9 things you should know about … Continue reading
Following my revelations regarding sharing code with other people I thought I’d read more about the craft of writing code in the form of Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftmanship by Robert C. Martin. Despite the appearance of … Continue reading
Urchin, the shell testing framework for extreme hipster superheroes (I’m not including myself in that group I should add), is now available as an npm package. That means you can install it using npm: sudo npm install -g urchin If … Continue reading
1. Scrapers are now completely language neutral. Not just Python and Ruby – but anything open source that can make or read an SQLite file, from R to Clojure. 2. Scrapers can have as many files as they like. So … Continue reading