And they’re OFF!!!!!


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This is a famous photograph. More or less invention of moving pictures that we all know and love. Look at it, scroll your mouse wheel up and down quickly, just a quarter of a turn to go back in history two turns of a century.

So, FINALLY got the call from the nephew.

Project has changed somewhat.

The original thought was a touch screen monitor based kiosk for students to pick up daily messages held in a csv file somewhere on the network.

The change was to use Android tablets (must grate as me nephew is a true blue Appleyte), and to parse data out of a html dump!

Parse data out of a html dump?

Turns out the skool system can turn out a webpage report (so I am a little dim as to why they need do much more that set up a browser looking at that webpage).  Anyway, my nephew is excited to be working with his uncle (and I needed an excuse to by four odroid-w, the wife you know).

So, his teacher pointed him at BeautifulSoup which is a python library for sucking data out of html files.

Beautiful is right.

Here is our first experiments (the whoopses excluded):

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Basically if there are tables within the html the code can pick them out.  He had the idea himself of just reusing the html for the table in our file – brilliant.  So, only problem is other data is buried in nondescript <p> tags.

Will need to sleep on that.

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