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In this post we are going to talk about what web scraping is, its uses and when you should choose another option. We are also going to go over some applications of this technique.

What is web scraping?

Web scraping is a technique to extract information from websites by using software programs to automate the process. These programs usually make HTTP requests directly from the code or simulate human behavior by embedding a browser inside the application. One famous example could be GoogleBot, Google’s web scraper, that gathers information from all the web in order to classify and rank sites for their search engine.

Let's scrap some data!

As a 19 year old software engineering student, at Eafit University (Colombia), who is passionate about building and learning new things, I wanted to experience a new environment while being able to give back. In November of 2016, I initiated a journey as a volunteer in Mexico. What inspired me to go there, was the opportunity to dedicate my time and knowledge to less fortunate children, in things that would be useful to them, while doing what I love.

During this experience I had the chance to contribute to the education process of the students by teaching them basic web…

Sebastian Delgado Diaz

Software developer & tech enthusiast

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