Python: How to Scrape Craigslist Housing Posts

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I live in Miami.

And I can tell you from experience, the Craigslist housing listing page is the 8th circle of hell. Evil pits, horned demons, real estate agents posting fake listings as bait for new clients.

Who has the time to sift through all that?

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VBA: How to Jerry Rig an HTML Scraper

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I’ve found that many people see Python, the programming language, much the same way they see Pythons, the scary-ass snakes. If you haven’t dealt with it before, chances are you’re going to think it’s not to be trusted. There’s no way I could convince my mom, for instance, to open up a .py file on her computer.

She will, however, open up a Word document no questions asked.

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AHK: How to Fix an Airbnb Scraper

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Just when I thought I was going to have a nice, relaxing Processing weekend, I realized my Airbnb scraper is broken. Fun fact: If they change their HTML, this script is WILDLY unlikely to work. I’m getting the sense that Airbnb is going to be the wild duck to my Sumatran tiger.

Since the scraper is how I’m gathering data for all the other scripts I’m trying to write, I spent the weekend fixing it.

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