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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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Nov 5, 2019

This wasn't an easy course. It probably took me longer than needed but I wrote each assignment without copying as that is the only way I learn. Thank you for putting together a rather difficult course.

By Ricardo N F

Jan 31, 2017

This is an excellent introduction to Python´s web data handling. Very written as expect from this specialization. Thank you very much Dr Chuck and University of Michigan for this great Coursera´s course.

By David H

Oct 26, 2016

This course teaches basic knowledge about how python accesses web data. Simple but really worth learning. In addition, Dr. Severance's lectures are very clear to understand. Overall, it's a great course.

By Anuj D

Oct 17, 2016

Great course. My third course on Coursera and with Dr. Chuck. It was fun. There were a couple of issues initially since I was using python 3 instead of 2.x, but it didn't take too long to get used to it.

By Ganapati A B

May 25, 2021

This course is very useful for the beginners. What I most like about the course is it comes with lot of sample codes for practice. The notes are amzing. So it serves it's purpose beyond the expectation.


Nov 25, 2020

Basic course recommendation for everyone who is having keen interest on web scraping data and web crawling using JSON and XML data files. And also about the regular expressions and Networking in python.

By Henrique T

Aug 15, 2020

Este curso expandiu meus horizontes acerca da funcionalidade da ferramenta. Aplicações diretas que demonstram o poder da programação, mesmo de maneira básica. Parabéns ao professor pelo excelente curso.

By Nurlan J

Jun 22, 2020

First of all, it was more difficult than I expected, but it worth it. In the end, you will learn some cool stuff, such as how to drag data from the web and how to use them with the help of JSON and XML.

By Mohamad S A

Jul 22, 2018

Its a good course the instructor is awesome .But i think in the last week 'week 6' APIs does not explained well ..... i search about it and understand it very well.In general the course is very good ^_^

By Jennifer D

Jun 3, 2017

Another great course in the series. I'm headed to a local Python workshop next weekend, and feeling like I'll hold my own on the projects there because of these courses. Looking forward to the 4th one!

By Huijun Z

Dec 28, 2016

I really learnt a lot from taking this course! thank you Dr Chuck! Very clear explanation and I would recommend this course to anyone who has a bit of python experience and interested in data analytics.

By Karl D

Sep 7, 2021

T​his is a great course. I highly recommand that. The complexity is incleasing since the Getting started but this also increases the motivation to go further doing interesting stuffs of the real world.

By R M

Jan 9, 2021

Along side Python programming knowledge, I also learned something new about API/JSON/XML. One may argue they are part of Python, but still good to have a sense of those terms I often encounter at work.

By Abhilash A

Jul 24, 2020

This course is just awesome. Mr. Severance delivers a great experience of learning as he does always. The course helps in coping up with API and a basic orientation about using python to load web data.

By Alain G

Apr 5, 2020

Fairly challenging course with useful learning about how to access web data with Python using the different formats of data (XML/JSON). Enjoyed the challenging exercises, made me learn through thinking

By Ankit M S

Feb 14, 2020

It is a very good course even for an absolute beginner. Gives knowledge of what APIs, web scraping, different web protocols. Dr. Severence is engaging and very good at explaining hard things easily.

By Oliver R

Dec 20, 2019

The course builds up from the concepts learned in the previous ones and moves on to more complex subjects, adding in new concepts and applying them in the clear, efficient manner we are by now used to.

By Thomas D

Dec 16, 2019

Great overview of connecting to the web and using Beautiful Soup, URLs, XML, JSON, and APIs. Nice to see the links to other courses and how Python makes the web simple, given its underlying complexity.

By Phil N

Aug 27, 2019

Course does exactly what it promises. If you do all of the exercises, you will effectively build a code library that you can draw off of in the future for dealing with various web data types in python.

By iftekharchowdhury

Oct 5, 2018

If you are interested to Regular expression, json, xml, web sockets, networking and how all the things work with python then this course is for you. If you are beginner , stay away. Assignment is hard.

By Kaye A A

May 11, 2018

what i love the most about this course is that all of the topics for me is new and i thought that it would be hard for me to understand but because coursera made it easy to understand yet challenging,.

By Stephen S

May 9, 2018

This is a really nice course that does exactly what it says - teach the student how to use Python to access and manipulate web data, including basics on spidering, scraping, standard formats, and APIs.

By Jason P

Oct 25, 2021

I can feel that python is getting more and more challenging but at the same time interesting. This is an awesome course for zero beginners like myself. No wonder why so many students took this course.

By Gabriel O R A

Oct 28, 2020

Fue muy interesante e intuitivo. Acceder a las paginas web gracias a las apis, parsear de xml o json se realizo perfectamente y pude modificar código para simplificar. muy fácil de entender y aplicar.

By Artur H

Mar 4, 2016

Gah! The second last assignment...

for items in data['comments'] :

Took me an hour to figure out that I needed to add that last bit in brackets! It just did the for loop twice each time...

All the best!