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Buying my first home in New York City has always been on my mind for a very long time, but I could never make it a reality until this year. We have been observing the real estate markets for over a year, but in March of 2020, just when the NYC lockdown started, my girlfriend and I finally decided to start condo hunting seriously. We thought it would be great to start looking at condos and townhouses at the beginning of the new year, but then COVID-19 came along.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not a guide in what you need to do when buying a home. This is just my experience of buying a home during the pandemic in New York City. Please talk to a real estate agent, mortgage lender, or a real estate attorney near you for any questions you may have on the process. Your process may differ based on city or state and local COVID-19 restrictions. …

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Three years ago, I graduated from State University of New York at Albany for my Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science. After four years of cramming for exams and coding projects, I decided not to pursue a role that mainly involves coding as my first job. You may be wondering why I chose not to pursue a career in becoming a developer? The main reasons are the different fears I have compiled throughout my journey. …

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You probably clicked on this article because you happened to see the clowder of adorable cats in the photo. Congratulations, you have been click-baited! Just kidding. All jokes aside, in this article I will be going over how to write a simple code for web scraping in Python using an import module package called BeautifulSoup that can extract specific information such as pictures or text from any websites.

I will be going through a step-by-step process detailing how you can use Python to extract multiple images from any website which allows you to save time as you will no longer have to manually download images one by one! The end goal is to have a good understanding of web scraping and how to utilize the main modules, such as Requests and BeautifulSoup functions. I will be discussing additional modules that you will need to know for the code. …

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Many web browsers such as Google Chrome have features to allow users to open their desired website at startup. However, it can get annoying when the same five websites keep opening over and over again — I just want the new tab page! I have decided to build a simple script that can open your desired websites but only for when my computer boots up. My solution for this will be utilizing web scraping in Python using the webbrowser module. Today, I will be discussing how you can use the webbrowser module to automate tasks.

My Problem:

Every morning, I turn on my computer then open Google Chrome and my start-up pages will automatically open to get started on my day. After I am done, I just want to close out the browser and not have to see the start-up pages until the next computer reboot. There was no Google feature (from what I can find) that can do this so I decided to come up with a solution for this. …

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When I was taking Introduction to Information Technology in college, I learned only the basics of Python from a site called codeacademy.com. Throughout the course, many students, such as myself, had learned a lot from going through the tutorials. However, throughout the class, I never got a chance to run Python scripts on my computer. Today, I want to go over in detail how to install Python, add Python to the PATH environment, how to download modules using PIP install, and a quick demonstration on how to run your Python code.

How to Install Python 3.8.3 on Windows 10 PC:

The first step is to head over to the download page of the Python website, then scroll down and click on the download button for “Python 3.8.3.”

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Every month, we tend to download cat photos or productivity-enhancing programs that you know you would never use again, and those random one-time installers that you forget to delete after you first set up your new PC. Still, we all know it ends up just sitting on your desktop, collecting “bytes” (Get it? I’m funny) for years. I admit that I can be very lazy when it comes to organizing files on my PC or Macbook, and I never look back until I run out of storage space. …

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Have you ever wonder if there is a quicker way to look up specific information on a website? The average human attention span is around eight seconds, so most people will quickly lose interest when reading long paragraphs after paragraphs.

I decide to keep myself productive by learning to code using Python that can make my life just a tiny bit easier. The first thing on my path to becoming a better programmer is to build a simple data extractor program.

I started my coding journey by reading a coding book called “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python” by Al Sweigart. Personally, the book makes it very easy to get started on creating your first program to automate simple tasks. The book first goes over the fundamentals of coding and have instructions on how to install the Python Interpreter on your computer. One of the projects that book wants us to work on is to create a data extractor program — where it grabs only the phone number and email address by copying all the text on a website to the clipboard. The project came from chapter 7 from “Automate the boring stuff with Python” called Phone Number and Email Address Extractor. You can find the book and the project linked here to “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python” by Al Sweigart. …

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