Chapter 5. Business-oriented programming


This chapter covers
  • Writing programs for the real world
  • Interacting with existing systems
  • How to handle errors in your program


In this chapter, we’re going to take a look at how Python can be used in the real world to help you to do your job better and faster. As a sample project, you’ll take some stock data from a web page on the internet, extract the figures you’re interested in, and then see how you can make use of that data, report on it, and send those reports to interested parties. To make your life easier, all of this will be written so it’s easy to automate.

One of the critical tasks facing many programmers and system administrators is to make many different systems talk to each other. ...

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