Getting stuck in with Scrapy: A beginner's guide to web scraping in Python

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I’d long been curious about web scraping and am pleased to have finally made a start in this direction. Previously, any scraping job I needed was carried out via import.io, but now I’ve branched out to Scrapy. I’d also wanted to practise my use of Python, so this was a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Here I’ll share my first foray into this area - it may be useful for others who are also starting out (as well as for my future self, as a reminder).