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About the Course

This course will show how one can treat the Internet as a source of data. We will scrape, parse, and read web data as well as access data using web APIs. We will work with HTML, XML, and JSON data formats in Python. This course will cover Chapters 11-13 of the textbook “Python for Everybody”. To succeed in this course, you should be familiar with the material covered in Chapters 1-10 of the textbook and the first two courses in this specialization. These topics include variables and expressions, conditional execution (loops, branching, and try/except), functions, Python data structures (strings, lists, dictionaries, and tuples), and manipulating files. This course covers Python 3....
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Jun 18, 2020

This course was really interesting and did a good job introducing complicated topics in usefully simplified form. It was a pleasure to listen to the instructor and I got everything I wanted out of it.

Jun 6, 2019

Getting a bit more challenging than the earlier courses in the specialization. The exercises require more struggle, but all the information is there. Another step along the way. Thank you, Dr. Chuck!

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Jun 16, 2020

This course is more about networking. He taught us in a brilliant way. This is very helpful for those who want to learn basics in networking and some advance concept he can learn if try himself. Thank you, Dr. Chuck, for this amazing course.

By Marco M

Mar 26, 2020

I just finished this course, the third of a series of five.

I already knew some basis of the arguments, still I've learned a lot.

The approach is very practical, so you can experiment with actual cases of application of the skill you acquire.

By Arpit P

Jun 30, 2017

Awesome course it is and i would recommend this course to any programmer who want to start to learn python and programming and do something interesting while learning python programming. Again thank you chuck sir you are a very good teacher.

By Stefanos T

Mar 1, 2016

This Course was fascinating and introduces you smoothly to what happens behind the 'surfing the web' scenes as well as using Python to access and make use of web data (also demonstrates how cool Python is having all these built-in goodies).

By Nahid R

Jan 12, 2020

EXCELLENT instructor. He explains the material using theory, examples and articulation. He brings forth amazing enthusiasm to his material delivery. Examples and exercises help understand the nuances of Python language. Thank you Dr Chuck!

By Jack E

May 17, 2017

Pretty basic if you're somewhat familiar with Python already. Very thorough explanations. I personally found it slow, but it was review material for me. I think it was all explained well and the exercises and quizzes were constructed well.

By Derek H

Feb 28, 2017

Great course! Very challenging while using all of the knowledge conveyed in the previous courses. The assignments are interesting in getting the lessons topics across. Multiple ways to get the correct results and allows you to be creative.

By Xiaoyu l

Apr 13, 2016

Great lecturer! Quiz and assignments are very easy to follow and finish, which keeps student engaged. Hope the programming assignments could be a little more challenging. But I guess that is left for the final project for the whole series.

By Emmanuel A

Nov 5, 2015

I applied this knowledge that Doctor Chuck taught me to create a Django web application.

This course is a great source of python knowledge I use it in accord with various api's to customize content for viewing of my website /application.

By Galina K

Dec 20, 2019

Amazing course. Very easy to follow and understand. I have just finished my probation on a new job analyzing data using Python :))))) Great Thanks to Charles Russell Severance! Thank you for making it super easy and fun to learn Python :)

By Rehan K

Mar 26, 2021

that was a great experience for me. i've learned how to intract with internet using python in this course and much more about python. And Dr chuck is great teacher Thanks to him and thank you coursera to providing me such a great course.


Jan 4, 2021

It was a great course, somewhat more difficult than the previous ones in Python for everybody, but this is what gives the feeling of making progress! Very helpful videos and challenging assignments. I totally recommend it for beginners!

By Christopher R

Feb 1, 2017

Such a great course! I've used BeautifulSoup an JSON a lot while scraping the web and this was a nice foundation refresher. It also taught me coding conventions and I didn't realize I needed! Like properly encoding URL parameters to APIs

By Raman K

Jan 22, 2016

Awesome!!! I cannot believe that only a few weeks ago, I was an absolute novice, and now I am able to dig deep into live websites, drill deep, and extract specific information! Dr. Chuck is one of the best instructors I have ever seen!!!

By AB. M F R

Sep 20, 2020

This course showed me how Python is very useful while surfing the internet. It really helped me to think outside the box. I didn't imagined a programming language could read web data so easily and shows me what I want. Thanks Dr. Chuck.


Jun 17, 2020

Great course and very inspiring on networking basics. Hope to learn more about Python. A little suggestion is that you can make week 1, which is about installing Python, optional since most of us have already had Python on our computer.

By Sarvjeet S

Jun 12, 2020

This was a great course, well structured , well explained as Dr Chuck is a self explained teacher with very effective methods. The Bonus material was fascinating. Assignments were also a bit simple and well guided. So, All the best !

By Abhishek J

Jul 11, 2020

I really admire and love the way Dr. Charles teaches this course. I can immediately sense that he loves teaching us and his way is very interesting and makes us like Python even more.

It is an honour to be able to learn from you Sir! :)

By Subham R

Feb 17, 2020

This course was simply amazing, I didn't know that python too has simple and powerful libraries like this to make rest call and access web data. Learned a lot of new things, thanks to Dr. Chuck. Highly recommended for python beginners.

By K. S

Jun 25, 2017

Excellent course, I've gained so much Python knowledge, thank you dr Chuck, you are indeed an excellent teacher, the matterial presented here was easily understood... After taking this course, I could make a 330+ line python program..!

By Daniel Ś

Jun 23, 2016

Great introductory series of courses led by Charles Severance. Lot of fun and learning and good sense of humor of Dr Chuck. Fantastic idea with series of video interviews with people who made great impact on computer science. Thanks:).

By Karel S

Feb 21, 2021

I like Dr. Chuck's courses.

He knows how to teach so that one easily understands the topic at hand. The quizzes are not too easy nor too demanding. Assignments are well instructed and cover the topic that was discussed during lectures.

By Huacong T

Jan 7, 2020

That was a great experience to use Python to access the real world data. I finished the first fours course with only playing Python on my computer and this course, Using Python to Access Web Data, opened up a whole new world for me!!!

By Thomas V

Feb 4, 2016

Pretty easy but that does not mean one does not learn anythonig from it. It means it is pleasant and not a too big workload.

The instructor is really clear and fun. I recommend it just for that even if you are familiar with the topic.

By Amanda D

Dec 29, 2015

Fantastic course! I was vaguely familiar with XML, APIs, web services, etc. prior to taking this course, so this laid everything out in an organized and logical manner with good explanations, great textbook/slides, and good exercises.