Why should you learn web scraping and who is doing web scraping out there? We are going to address this question by looking into the different industries and jobs that require web scraping skills. To do this, we’ve compiled and analyzed the data extracted from job sites, including Indeed, Glassdoor and LinkedIn. Followings are our findings to share with you.
Web scraping or crawling is the act of fetching data from a third party website by downloading and parsing the HTML code to extract the data you want. It can be done manually, but generally this term refers to the automated process of downloading the HTML content of a page, parsing/extracting the data, and saving it into a database for further analysis or use.
Recently we executed the CaptchaSolutions.com service testing. CaptchaSolutions.com provides an automated online captcha solver API service (the name speaks for itself). It also includes solving google reCaptcha 2.0. So we decided to test it against this challenging captcha.
The Death By Captcha developers have just released a beta of their shiny new NoCAPTCHA by token (reCaptcha v2) solving method!
They have been working on this for a while, and they promise the solution will soon be the solving reference for these challenges.
Octoparse is a new, modern, visual web data extraction software. It has always committed itself to providing users with a more professional data scraping service and to becoming one of the most popular web scraper tools.
It has released a new version of the tool, 6.4.1, in March 2017 with some new features and a much faster and better user experience.
UiPath, one of the big providers of robotic process automation software, has some very interesting positioning. Unlike the other players on the market, they provide a free and fully featured community edition of their product for anybody to test and develop. The tool automates any application and is packed with all the web scraping and screen scraping capabilities for both desktop and web. The platform also has a lively community forum featuring jobs, automation contests and knowledge-sharing between UiPath users: www.forum.uipath.com.
I want to share how I’ve done the audio captcha recognize-er. The audio captcha recognize-er was designed to solve captcha at xbox.com back in 2012.
From time to time, web users struggle with “CAPTCHA services” such as DeCaptcher and DBC. And although those services are reliable, often times they’re “overloaded”, meaning the images to be solved get rejected or it takes a lot of time to be decoded (some services might even take 50 seconds to solve a single image!).
But, I recently came across a new service that hopes to fill this (fast CAPTCHA solving) gap. EndCaptcha.com, is a new image digitization service that was built to satisfy the needs of the most demanding consumers. It uses a dedicated team of operators assisted by a smart OCR system. That’s why it’s being considered a Premium CAPTCHA service.
Anyone should be able to pull data from the web and access it in the format they want. If a website does not have an API available, scraping is one of the only options to get the data you need. But figuring out how to scrape data in the complicated HTML is a pain.
UiPath is an Enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Software designed to empower companies to automate repetitive, manual, rules-based business processes. Any repetitive task a user performs on his computer, including data entry, legacy application integration, data or content migration, screen scraping and testing can be automated with UiPath.